Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Bradley Says Marks Has Chance to Play Sunday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Bradley Says Marks Has Chance to Play Sunday

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Sen'Derrick Marks' mission at practice Wednesday was to convince the coaches he's ready to play Sunday against Houston for the first time since tearing an ACL in last season's final game.

Marks said he couldn't convince the coaches to let him go last week.

"They didn't think I was ready to stick it into the ground," he said.

But he seemed closer to accomplishing his goal Wednesday.

"Yes, there is a chance he could play Sunday," coach Gus Bradley said. "I just thought I saw him strain more, and I think I see him fighting through that block a little bit and gain confidence in it, so I think it was a big step for him."

"I'm more excited about this week," Marks said. "I'm ready to go. I want to make sure I leave them with no doubt."

Marks said he thinks his leadership qualities will have a bigger impact than his play on the field.


Running back Denard Robinson, who missed the last three games with a knee injury, also practiced in full.

Bradley lumped Robinson with quarterback Blake Bortles and Marks and said all three "performed pretty well."

Bradley added that Robinson had a "good day."

"I'm excited about it,'' Robinson said of returning to work. "I'm going to be able to do everything I would usually do."

The Jaguars could use Robinson because they're currently thin at running back. Bernard Pierce is in the concussion program, and rookie T.J. Yeldon is sidelined with a groin injury. Toby Gerhart worked with the first team.

"We don't know with T.J.," Bradley said. "T.J. was out there for walk-through, but he didn't go through any practice. The first guy that went out there was Toby. We'll see. We didn't know with D-Rob, and we didn't know with some of these guys.''

To give them enough running backs to practice, the Jaguars signed third-year running back Joe Banyard to the practice squad and released safety Craig Loston.

Banyard was originally signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie in 2012 but was released. He then spent time with New Orleans and Minnesota before the Vikings released him on Aug. 30.


Besides Pierce, Yeldon and wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring), the other players who didn't practice because of injuries were wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle/thigh), defensive tackle Abry Jones (knee), offensive tackle Jermey Parnell, linebacker Paul Posluszny and safety James Sample. …

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