If left tackle Eugene Monroe has a concussion and can’t play Friday night at New Orleans, it’s going to be awfully hard to afford Blaine Gabbert the brand of protection he needs to be measured. We may get to see how much better the second-year QB is under pressure instead of how good he can be if the line is better at protecting him. With starting left guard Will Rackley (ankle), backup guard Jason Spitz (foot) and backup center John Estes (knee) all out, the Jaguars have already shuffled right tackle Eben Britton to left guard, inserting Cameron Bradfield at right tackle.
Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe left practice early Wednesday after being hit in the head. Monroe, a starter in 42 of a possible 48 games in three NFL seasons, was hit in the head in an early period of practice, according to Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. Monroe’s status is uncertain for Friday night’s preseason game at New Orleans. "We’re just going to make sure he’s fine," Mularkey said. "I don’t think it’s anything serious but we’ll check it out. As far as I know he got hit and went in early."
They gathered at midfield, sun beating down and sticky heat all around. Mike Mularkey stood among this group of Jaguars players Wednesday morning at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields. The final full-padded, morning practice of a difficult, high-intensity week was done. In a sense, the better part of 2012 Training Camp was, too. "I just told them, ‘the hard part is over,’’’ the first-year head coach told reporters moments later.