Jaguars lose another defensive starter in Cox
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to play the rest of the
season with several backups on defense, and things could get
The Jaguars placed cornerback Derek Cox on injured reserve
Friday with a knee injury, the third defensive starter lost in the
last two weeks.
Linebacker Clint Session was placed on injured reserve Tuesday
following a second concussion this season. The team also lost
cornerback Rashean Mathis to a season-ending knee injury nearly two
Making matters worse, defensive linemen Terrance Knighton and
Matt Roth have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Houston.
Aaron Kampman also is questionable because of a hamstring injury.
Knighton said Friday he is waiting to hear from doctors whether he
will play again this season.
”With some of the guys that we’re going to play, we’ll find out
how well we’ve done in developing some of these guys, how much
attention they’ve been paying,” coach Jack Del Rio said. ”It is a
healthy process to have, where guys understand that they can get
that opportunity with hard work and commitment to the team. You
hate to have this many guys (injured), but that is the way we
approach it as coaches.”
Backup cornerbacks Will Middleton and Ashton Youboty, who was
signed off the street 10 days ago, are expected to start against
The Jaguars (3-7) now have 17 players on IR. Most of the early
ones were backups. Recently, it’s all been starters. Knighton and
Kampman could be next, especially if Jacksonville officially gets
eliminated from the postseason race.
Del Rio said he was hopeful Knighton and Kampman would
”Just remain hopeful on that,” Del Rio said. ”We’ll see how
The team signed quarterback Dan LeFevour off Indianapolis’
practice squad to take Cox’s roster spot.
LeFevour, a sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2010, was
claimed off waivers by Cincinnati in September 2010 and spent the
entire season on the Bengals’ 53-man roster. He was inactive for
every game as the No. 3 quarterback. LeFevour spent the 2011
preseason with the Bengals before being waived in final cuts. He
was signed to the Colts’ practice squad on Nov. 9.
”We studied him coming out,” Del Rio said. ”That’s obviously
more of a future, develop a guy, as opposed to a guy that’s
expected to come in and play.”