|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without left tackle Eugene Monroe against the New York Giants, leaving the team without both starting bookend blockers. Monroe, who apparently sustained a concussion late in last week's win over Cleveland, failed a concussion test Friday and was ruled out for Sunday's game. Coach Jack Del Rio said it is unfortunately not up to him, but in the hands of the doctors. But it was a shock to everyone, as they all expected Euguen to be fine and back in action this weekend.
Del Rio declined to identify Monroe's replacement, but acknowledged it will be a huge concern against defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck. Right tackle Eben Britton was placed on injured reserve last month. Top backup Jordan Black is filling in for Britton, leaving undrafted rookie Kevin Haslem or inexperienced veteran Guy Whimper as potential options on the other side.
It would be a homecoming for either one. Haslem played at Rutgers, and Whimper spent the last four years with the Giants.
Coach Del Rio also said that was going to be a problem area whether Eugene played or not, so it just becomes a little more of a problem area. They know they will have to help some and felt like they would have to do that with Eugene if he did make it back. It's going to require some attention. Monroe missed all three days of practice this week.
Also facing injuries are running back Maurice Jones-Drew (abdomen) and receiver Mike Sims-Walker (ankle) who were limited in practice Friday and listed as questionable. Barring any setbacks Saturday, they should be able to play.
Then there is fullback Greg Jones (ankle), defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (knee), linebacker Justin Durant (shoulder), safety Sean Considine (thumb) and defensive end Larry Hart (shoulder) who practiced in full and were listed in sportsbook as probable.