Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns may miss some time due to an injury suffered in Week 10.
On Sunday, the playmaker suffered a right ankle injury in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter during the Jaguars' 20-17 overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
During his Monday press conference, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Hurns is unlikely to play this week.
Hurns led the team with seven catches for 70 yards against the Chargers. He currently ranks second on the team with 36 catches for 446 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Without Hurns, the Jaguars have Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Arrelious Benn, Jaydon Mickens and Jaelen Strong at wide receiver on the active roster.
Benn suffered a knee injury against the Chargers, so his status is also currently up in the air.
Lee leads the team with 38 catches for 493 yards and two touchdowns. He is the only member of the remaining group to have scored a touchdown this season.
Cole, an undrafted rookie, has played well in the team's No. 3 role. He has caught 14 passes for 219 receiving yards. Mickens produced the first reception of his career in Week 10.
Strong has been a healthy inactive since joining the team on September 19.
Rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook (core) was designated to return from injured reserve earlier this month but has yet to be activated. The Jaguars have until a week from Tuesday to move him to the active roster.
Marrone told reporters that Westbrook will be ready to come back from injured reserve this week.
Lee has emerged as a top target for quarterback Blake Bortles but the rest of the group will need to produce in Hurns' absence.
Cole and Westbrook - when activated off injured reserve - should see major roles with Hurns potentially out of the lineup.
Hurns has been used as a possession receiver this season. His consistent hands have helped the Jaguars move the chains frequently. The Jaguars will need a new player to step into that role moving forward if he is unable to perform.
Cole seems to be the most logical replacement for Hurns.
More News and Notes
- Marrone said starting left guard Patrick Omameh (knee) was benched against the Chargers due to a mix of injury concern and performance. Omameh had been listed on the injury report all week and was questionable to play. After halftime, backup lineman Tyler Shatley took his place at left guard.
- Shatley also filled in at long snapper on field goals after Matt Overton suffered a shoulder injury. The Jaguars brought in a few long snappers for tryouts Monday, according to Marrone.
- Marrone said Westbrook and safety Calvin Pryor have been practicing like active roster players while waiting to be activated from injured reserve. Pryor has been playing on scout team due to the roster depth at safety.
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