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Wright On

Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bad bet and other notes

Walking down the hallway at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, the writers were greeted by a hideous sight: Maurice Williams wearing a green jersey with bright yellow numbers (the No. 81).

The jersey was worn in college by tight end George Wrighster, who played at Oregon. Apparently, Williams lost a bet with Wrighster and the loser has to wear the winner's college jersey for the rest of the week. Oregon defeated Williams' alma mater, Michigan, last week.

"That's the worse No. 81 I've seen in my life," defensive end Paul Spicer told Williams as he walked by in the locker room.

Making matters worse is that Williams will have to wear a white Oregon jersey in the next two days in addition to a gold one.

"You've got to coordinate," Wrighster joked in the locker room.

For those interested, because of new league rules, teams don't have to disclose their actual injury report until Friday. Teams are only required to list who participated in practice.

Jags center Brad Meester was on the field Wednesday for the first time since his ankle injury. He's obviously not playing this weekend along with kicker Josh Scobee. LB Clint Ingram (ankle), DT Tony McDaniel (knee) and S Gerald Sensabaugh (shoulder) participated in Wednesday's workout on a limited basis. Ingram says his ankle is 80 to 85 percent, but he expects to play against Atlanta. Falcons S Chris Crocker (knee) didn't practice. WR Laurent Robinson (hamstring) took limited repetitions.

Darius now a Dolphin

Former Jaguars safety Donovin Darius has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.


Perhaps the Jags could've used Darius against the Titans last week. Darius is a physical presence at safety which is what the Jags appear to be missing. What do you think?

"I've still got a lot of football left in me," Darius told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I'm going into my 10th year in this league and I believe I can still play at a high level. We already have some veteran leadership on this defense in guys like Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Joey Porter, Keith Traylor and now I hope to bring that type of stability to the secondary."

Monday, September 10, 2007

Scobee says injury not serious

Josh Scobee's right quadriceps injury isn't serious, he said on Monday.

An MRI performed on Sunday night revealed that Scobee has a 7-centimeter long strain in the quadriceps with no tearing.

"It's not a severe injury," he said.

A kicker, Scobee suffered the quadriceps injury during pregame warmups before Sunday's 13-10 loss to Tennessee. Scobee's injury may have played a role in the club's defeat .

With 7:38 left in the third quarter, the Jags faced a fourth down from the Titans 19. Instead of trying a 36-yard field goal, the Jaguars attempted to try for a first down.

Scobee hopes to play on Sunday against Atlanta and said that being placed on the injured reserve is not an option.

"I'm optimistic; I want to play," Scobee said. "I don't want to miss any time at all. It's kind of an injury that's gonna take time to heal. But I don't have to be 100 percent [healthy] to play."

Scobee said the club will bring in a few kickers for tryouts on Tuesday.

Q&As coming this week

The Florida Times-Union will begin its Q&A features with Jaguars players this week.

We'll start the series with receiver Ernest Wilford. Do you guys have any suggestions for players to feature? If so, send them my way. I'll even try to get in a couple of your questions if you like.

Let me know.