August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Montell Owens (24) runs against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be playing most of their starters on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons, but they won't be forcing players into the lineup if it's unnecessary. Fullback/running back Montell Owens for instance will be sitting out the final game of the 2012 NFL preseason.
"We’re going to hold him back," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters after practice on Wednesday. "Just some stiffness in his knee and we’re going to hold him out. There’s no reason to risk it in this game."
As Mularkey mentioned, Owens' roster position is undoubtedly safe, so there is no reason to push him on the field if his knee isn't 100 percent. Owens has been serving as Rashad Jennings primary back up while Maurice Jones-Drew continues his holdout deep into the preseason. Owens is a Pro-Bowl special teamer and a vital part of the Jaguars roster as a utility man, so keep him healthy is a priority.