JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Marcedes Lewis #89 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs following a reception during the season opener game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Don't expect Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis to practice today. Lewis left the game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday early to deal with what was thought to be cramps, going in the lockerroom to get an IV. Lewis found out later however, that it wasn't just cramps, it was a strained calf.
"After I got the IV, I stood up and said, ‘Ah, it's not a cramp, because I'd be able to stretch a cramp out,'' Lewis said Wednesday. "It was just one little spot and it just stayed there. I'm doing everything I can to get back."
While a strained calf isn't a big-time injury, it's one of those minor injuries that can linger and nag. While Lewis could play with that type of injury, it does limit what he's able to do. It limits his production in the passing game because running and cutting with a strained calf can be a chore. Against the New York Jets, Lewis' threat in the passing game will be necessary for the Jaguars to have success in the passing game. While the Jets sport Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on the outside, they're very susceptible to tight ends in the middle of the field, which Lewis can exploit.
"It's annoying," Lewis told the media Wednesday after practice. "This could happen in camp, you know what I mean? But I'm human. Things happen, and you have to roll with the punches and treat it. We have one of the best staffs when it comes to getting your body back, so I'm confident in what we're doing," Lewis added.
In Friday's practice, Lewis plans to test out his calf and see if he will be able to go. Jack Del Rio classified Lewis as a "question mark" for Sunday on his Tuesday evening radio show. The team likes to figure out who's available for the game on Sunday at Friday's practices.
"I know when I'm at my best, I give our team a better shot of winning," Lewis said.