Shark Bites

X-rays this week revealed that Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right (throwing) thumb, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Minshew has reportedly been experiencing discomfort in that thumb since the Texans game back in Week 5. That at least partially explains his uneven play over the last 3 games. Minshew has a Week 8 bye, but it's unclear if he'll be able to play come Week 9. If not, Jacksonville would turn to either veteran Mike Glennon or 6th-round rookie Jake Luton.

Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead has been hospitalized twice for complications with COVID-19 and will miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This shouldn't affect any fantasy teams, given that Armstead has yet to play this season. But it at least clears the way for Devine Ozigbo to follow James Robinson if the starter goes down.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew could be benched as early as today's game against the Chargers if he continues to struggle, NFL Network reports. Minshew has completed 67.5% of his passes and tossed 11 TDs through 6 games. But he's also been picked off 5 times in his last 5 -- and the Jags have lost all 5 of those games. We'll see if Minshew can save his job today, but he's obviously a risky fantasy play. QB Mike Glennon is Jacksonville's backup.

The Jaguars placed RB Chris Thompson on the COVID list. He'll miss Sunday's game against the Chargers -- and potentially more action beyond that. In a corresponding move, RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) was activated from IR. Ozigbo looked set to play a big role for the Jags this season before a September hamstring injury sidelined him. James Robinson has taken over Jacksonville's backfield since, but we'll see what kind of role Ozigbo can carve out.

9:10pm EDT 10/23/20

The Jaguars have ruled OLB Myles Jack (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Dakota Allen will start in his place. Allen tallied 7 tackles (5 solo) and a QB hit at Houston in Week 5 the last time he filled in for Jack. Jacksonville has also ruled out S Jarrod Wilson. Second-year S Brandon Watson will get his 1st career start in Wilson's place.

Jaguars K Josh Lambo (hip) was activated from IR and is expected back for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He's not a recommended fantasy starter with Jacksonville sporting a 20.75-point implied total.

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone said Monday that he thinks DE Josh Allen is "trending on being able to play this week," according to SI.com. Allen lost the past 2 games to a hip injury, but it sounds like he should return to face the Chargers on Sunday. L.A. has allowed the 2nd most DL points per game so far this season, offering a solid matchup for Jacksonville's top D-lineman. The scoring has been more tackle-driven than sack-friendly, though. So the fantasy floor looks better than the ceiling. We'll watch Allen's participation level through the practice week.

Jaguars LB Myles Jack left Sunday's loss to the Lions early after aggravating his sprained ankle. We'll see whether it was a significant setback for Jack or a matter of the team erring on the side of caution late in a lopsided loss. Jack did make it through 75% of the defensive snaps before exiting. We'll watch his participation in practice this week. If Jack misses further time, new acquisition Kamalei Correa looks like the replacement plan -- at least from a playing-time standpoint -- over Dakota Allen.

11:10am EDT 10/18/20

Jaguars DE Josh Allen (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Lions. He seemed to be trending toward a return with limited practices Wednesday and Thursday after missing Week 5. But Allen sat out Friday’s practice. We’ll see about his status for a Week 7 meeting with the Chargers.

11:10am EDT 10/18/20

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He only got in a limited practice on Friday and was reportedly a game-time decision, so Chark obviously won’t be at 100% today. That leaves him as a risk/reward WR3 vs. Detroit’s 24th-ranked WR defense. Chark's presence is good news for QB Gardner Minshew.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) is "likely" to play against the Lions today. A final decision won't be made until Chark goes through pregame warmups. We'll get his official status by noon ET. If active, he'll be a risk/reward WR3 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.

A member of Jacksonville's practice squad tested positive for COVID on Friday night, the team announced. The Jaguars are still planning on playing vs. the Lions on Sunday, but the situation obviously bears monitoring over the next 24 hours.

Jaguars DE Josh Allen (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. Allen missed last week's game with the injury. He put in limited practices the 1st 2 days of this week but then sat out Friday. That doesn't seem to point to Allen being a good IDP play this week. We'll update his status Sunday morning, but you should plan for an alternative in your fantasy lineup.

Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring) isn't listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He was sidelined on Wednesday but practiced on Thursday and Friday. The rookie should be ready for his usual role against the Lions this weekend.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Lions. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, but HC Doug Marrone said he “looked good.” We’ll get Chark’s official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he’ll be a risk/reward fantasy play at less than 100% in a plus matchup.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. He's unlikely to play against the Lions this weekend. WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring) returned to a limited practice today. We're expecting him to suit up vs. Detroit but will get another update on his status tomorrow.

Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury. The rookie's status has taken on increased importance with WR D.J. Chark iffy for Week 6 with his ankle injury. We'll get another update on both wideouts tomorrow.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) won't practice on Wednesday. At this point, fantasy owners shouldn't be planning on having him in Week 6 lineups. Chark's absence would be an upgrade for WR Laviska Shenault but a downgrade for QB Gardner Minshew.

Jaguars S Josh Jones got ejected about halfway through Sunday's loss to the Texans after a shot to the helmet of Houston WR Brandin Cooks. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that no suspension is expected to follow. Jones remained a starter with Jarrod Wilson back from IR and should remain in that role for a Week 6 clash with the Lions.

Jaguars WR D.J. Chark suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Texans. He's officially questionable to return. Stay tuned for updates.

 
 
 

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