Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gerhart Ready to Play Any Part; with Yeldon's Status Up in the Air, Jaguars' Back Excited for Chance

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gerhart Ready to Play Any Part; with Yeldon's Status Up in the Air, Jaguars' Back Excited for Chance

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Byline: Vito Stellino

Toby Gerhart understands how unpredictable life in the NFL is.

"Football is a crazy game,'' the Jaguars veteran running back said earlier this week. "I'm waiting for the opportunity. Things change quickly in the NFL. I hope it's not [because of] an injury. You can be thrust right back in there. I'm ready if my number is called.''

He hasn't had much of an opportunity this year. He missed the first two games with an injury and has had just five carries in the last three games for 10 yards, just one carry for two yards in Tampa and has become more of a special teams player.

He had 19 snaps on special teams compared to 15 on offense in Tampa.

Yet Gerhart, signed a year ago to a three year $10.5 million deal to be the Jaguars feature back only to be plagued with injuries, could be thrust right back in there Sunday against Houston.

Rookie starter T.J Yeldon missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a groin injury and his status for the game is uncertain.

Coach Gus Bradley said it "might go up until game day'' before a decision is made on whether Yeldon can play. Yeldon said he should play and if it was up to him, he would, but he has to be cleared by the doctors.

With Bernard Pierce in the concussion program, the only healthy running backs on the roster besides Gerhart are Denard Robinson, who has missed the last three games with a knee injury but is back this week, and rookie Corey Grant.

Bradley wouldn't name a starter if Yeldon can't go, but the choice is likely to come down to Gerhart or Robinson and both would figure to play.

Even if Gerhart can't go and he continues to see a limited role, he is a positive type who won't show any frustration. He's dealt with several setbacks during his career, starting with the fact he was drafted by a team that didn't need a running back.

Minnesota took him in the second round in 2010, even though the Vikings already had Adrian Peterson, so he spent four years as a backup. …

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