JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Just a few hours after Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey got promoted, he had a setback.
Mincey broke his right hand in practice Wednesday — his fourth hand/wrist injury in four years — and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Dallas.
“I told him to drink more milk,” coach Jack Del Rio said.
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Mincey injured his hand trying to shed a block. He broke the same hand last season and ended up on injured reserve. He broke his left wrist in 2007 and again in 2008.
He said doctors told him he has really strong bones and that the injuries were “freak things.”
“It’s Jeremy Mincey luck,” Mincey said. “I’ll be fine. Sometimes it’s good to walk with a thorn in your skin. It keeps you humble.”
Del Rio said Mincey could play with his hand heavily wrapped, but that a “club” would leave him without the use of his fingers. The Jaguars will wait until Sunday to decide Mincey’s playing status. If he can’t play, former first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey and rookies Austen Lane and Aaron Morgan would see more action.
Mincey’s latest injury happened the same day he was named a starter over Harvey, the eighth overall pick in 2008 who has just six sacks in 39 career games.
“It’s part of the business,” said Harvey, a former Florida standout who was the defensive MVP of the 2006 Bowl Championship Series title game. “Obviously, I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to do, and I’m having to step my game up and do things differently than I did in the past.”