T.J. Yeldon's status this week vs. Atlanta is up in the air
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The status of Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon is unknown as Jacksonville shifts its focus to the Atlanta Falcons.
Yeldon sprained his left knee Sunday against Indianapolis, left the stadium on crutches and was scheduled to undergo tests Monday.
“Yeah, we’ll wait and see,” said coach Gus Bradley when asked if he was optimistic that Yeldon would be able to return by Sunday. “I think we’ll have a better update for you guys on Wednesday. I’ll get a chance to meet with the docs after they do all their tests today.”
In addition to the knee injury the former Alabama star is also dealing with a sprained ankle and a groin injury. Yeldon was unable to finish Sunday’s win over the Colts. He ended up with 62 yards on 11 carries.
Once Yeldon was out the Jaguars turned to Denard Robinson. He responded with his best outing of the season, tallying 14 carries for 75 yards including a touchdown. Bradley was pleased with the way Robinson filled the void.
“I think the big jump with Denard is his confidence level,” said Bradley. “I think he’s become a more confident runner. I think he understands the scheme and has a better idea of what the position looks like. I think he’s gained confidence in his protections, and when you have a good understanding of the protections and how they work, I think it frees up the other aspects of your game. And he’s just playing with more confidence. He’s always been aggressive, but it’s like he’s taking that part to a different level.”
Joe Banyard is the only running back on the depth chart behind Yeldon and Robinson. Running backs Toby Gerhart, Bernard Pierce, and Corey Grant were all placed on injured reserve earlier this season. If Yeldon isn’t able to play against the Falcons, the Jaguars may consider bringing in another running back.
“Well, we have Joe Banyard as a guy that we really like,” said Bradley. “We know we elevated him up and like the way he’s going in practice. And we may have to look and see either way with T.J., look at our options and keep an open mind to that. So, that’s an area – I think either way with T.J. – that’s something that I think [General Manager] Dave [Caldwell] and the staff is considering, whether we do something or not. I think we’ll wait and see, but that’s always a possibility.”
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