The Jaguars started the week completely healthy, but a bit of bad luck struck down that clean bill with a shot to the jaw of one of the team's starters.
During Wednesday's practice, defensive end Jared Odrick suffered a jaw injury and was eventually placed in the league's concussion protocol.
The Jaguars released the following statement about the injury on Thursday:
Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick was immediately removed from practice yesterday after being hit in the jaw.
After subsequent evaluation by the team's medical staff post-practice, Odrick was place in the NFL concussion protocol.
Odrick will not practice today (Thursday) and is in the process of completing the necessary steps of the NFL's concussion protocol prior to return to play.
The Jaguars public relations staff then noted that while Odrick did not participate in practice, he has been cleared for physical activity (conditioning) and to observe practice.
His status for Sunday's opener against the Packers was clarified by head coach Gus Bradley after practice.
"It looks good [for Sunday], but things can pop up," Bradley said.
Odrick also addressed the injury and the concussion protocol in the locker room.
"The way it sounded from the reports, I got beat up," Odrick said.
"No - it was during 2-on-2 drills - just got a little friendly fire. Again from the action that was on the field, [Head Athletic Trainer Scott Trulock] came over and just thought he'd intervene and err on the side of caution and I understand that. The climate of injuries like this and I respect the process of the protocol. But when you have no symptoms and you are aware of everything that's going on, things seem pretty juvenile but I respect it because it's in place to protect us."
Injury Status Update
DNP: DE Jared Odrick (jaw)
Limited: RB Chris Ivory (calf)
Full: DT Roy Miller (quad)
DNP: S Chris Banjo (hamstring), LB Jayrone Elliott (hamstring), CB Josh Hawkins (hamstring), TE Justin Perillo (knee), WR Trevor Davis (shoulder)
Full: Jeff Janis (hand)
Olson talks about dealing with the Packers defense
Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson has been around the league for a while and has faced Dom Capers' Green Bay defense in the past. Capers has been challenging opposing offenses in the league for years and he has constantly found new ways for his unit to attack.
"I just think he does a good job of utilizing personnel that he has," Olson said.
"He added Julius Peppers and he has been great. Since Clay [Matthews] has been there, he has done a good job of moving him around and creating mismatches in terms of how he uses him as a rusher and really both of those two guys. You know they've got some strong people inside that we have to be very aware of."
While he praised Peppers and Matthews, Olson is also very impressed by the Packers secondary.
"Sam Shields has developed into one of the better corners in the league," Olson said. "We really like their safety position, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a great player and he's developing into one of the better safeties in the league."
The Jaguars offense will be prepared to face Capers and his defense on Sunday. However, Olson does realize how big of a challenge the Packers offer on that side of the ball.
"Well, they're a very talented group," Olson said.
"You look at them and they are a different team than they were a year ago - everybody is - but Dom Capers, with the systems they have there, they have a number of players that have been in that system now, veterans players. They've been a Top 10, Top 15 defense over the last five or six years, so we know they're a very talented group. Good on the front end and the back end."
Olson discusses the Jaguars running game
Olson is set to start his second season in his second stint as Jaguars offensive coordinator. Last year, his passing game soared, but the running attack left a lot to be desired.
However, the addition of Pro Bowl running back Chris Ivory and the maturation of T.J. Yeldon has led to more optimism about the group this season.
"For us right now, they just compliment each other so well," Olson said. "We just had an opportunity in the preseason to see that certainly. As a coaching staff, we felt the two of those guys create different problems - we like to believe - with their running styles and if we keep them both fresh and healthy, then we think we have a pretty good 1-2 punch."
Olson plans to use the duo in interchangeable roles as well as highlight their individual strengths in different situations. Ivory and Yeldon will share carries but will still have quite the workload on game days.
"We kind of like to believe they can both it all, but there are some plays that we feel one guys is better than the other," Olson said. "We're kind of aware of that when they go into a game. We design the game plan and those players know all of the plays and [I'd] comfortable calling a whole package of plays with either one of them."