Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coughlin Isn't Tipping His Hand about Brunell's Status against Dolphins

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coughlin Isn't Tipping His Hand about Brunell's Status against Dolphins

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The daily Mark Brunell injury report is this: He took 50 percent of the snaps yesterday and will take more today.

So is he playing Saturday against the Miami Dolphins? Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin won't say just yet, although Brunell has said he will play.

"We will not start Mark Brunell if he can't defend himself," Coughlin said.

But that likely is Coughlin just being coy with the Dolphins, trying to throw off their preparation.

"He's got to improve more," Coughlin said. "His confidence has got to be built as well."

Brunell suffered a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee Dec. 26 against Tennessee.

BRYANT IMPROVED -- CB Fernando Bryant, who missed last week with a hamstring injury, worked in full yesterday during practice after taking half the snaps on Tuesday.

"It felt pretty good," Bryant said. "But with hamstrings you never know."

Bryant did not practice at all last week, but will start against the Dolphins.

SACKING MARINO -- Sacking Miami QB Dan Marino is tough to do with his quick release, which makes patience key for the Jaguars' defensive front.

"You can't get down on yourself because he's going to get the ball out fast," DE Tony Brackens said. "You might get a good pass rush, where you feel you would get there with a normal quarterback, but he gets rid of it. You have to keep coming."

NOT-SO-SECRET ADMIRER -- Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson who prides himself on emphasizing the run, loves the way the Jaguars play, particularly this season, when they went to a more ball-control style than year's past.

The Jaguars led the NFL in rushing this season for the first time and still scored more points than any other year in team history, 396.

"One reason they've won 14 games is they run the ball more, more, more times, and with a better efficiency than anybody in the league," Johnson said. "We've actually thrown more deep passes [of more than 20 yards] than Jacksonville has. That's a surprise, I think, to a lot of people. …

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