JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 02: Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for yardage after making an interception during a game against the New Orleans Saints at EverBank Field on October 2, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith was limited in practice all week prior to the Jaguars matchup with the Minnesota Vikings and was ruled out of the game. According to Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey at Monday's press conference, Smith will be out of practice on Wednesday and may not be available for Sunday's home opener against the Houston Texans.
The Jaguars struggled stopping the run late in the game and gave up a lot of plays in the middle of the field and yards after the catch, so Smith's presence was definitely missed.
Against the Houston Texans, the Jaguars defense needs all the help they can get and if Smith is unavailable once again, that is going to be a big time problem for the Jaguars defensively on Sunday. Smith is the Jaguars best cover linebacker and without him in the game teams will pick on the middle of the field.