Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags History Lesson: Let Taylor Heal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags History Lesson: Let Taylor Heal

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

Unless the Jaguars are into living dangerously, don't expect running back Fred Taylor to return from his groin injury much before the Oct. 28 game at Baltimore, and even that might be pushing it. The team's history with groin injuries, whether the muscle is torn off the bone or not, indicates that the best-case scenario is a month on the sidelines.

Last year, linebacker Brant Boyer suffered a groin injury on Sept. 10 against Baltimore and didn't play again until Oct. 16 against Tennessee, though he did dress out the previous week. Defensive end Renaldo Wynn injured his groin on Dec. 20, 1998 against Minnesota, got placed on injured reserve and needed two months for a full recovery.

In 1995, safety Chris Hudson had a groin injury that tore off the bone in the first preseason game on July 29. He missed the next seven games, re-injured the groin on Sept. 24 and was immediately placed on injured reserve. Another safety, Darren Carrington, pulled a groin muscle on Oct. 9 against Pittsburgh and never played the rest of the season.

Taylor's value to the Jaguars is much greater than those other players. Leaving him on the sidelines for the entire month of October may be the only way to ensure Taylor being there for the team in November, December and January. . . .

With Michael Jordan donating his entire year's salary with the Washington Wizards to relief agencies assisting the terrorist attack victims, the players and coaches of the Washington Redskins should be shamed into at least giving up their first two game checks. After all, they haven't earned one penny of those salaries. . . . Jordan's regular-season debut on Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden is the same night as Game 3 of the World Series. Two words of advice for baseball commissioner Bud Selig about trying to compete with Jordan for viewers -- day game. …

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