The Jacksonville Jaguars were already going to be without starting cornerback Dwayne Gratz for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders after he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. The team's other starting cornerback, Alan Ball, is now injured as well after he suffered a groin injury in practice.
Head coach Gus Bradley downplayed the injury on Thursday and said that Ball should be ok for Sunday, but it is a concerning development for a team that is already thinning at cornerback. If Ball is unable to play, the starting cornerbacks would likely be Will Blackmon and seventh-round rookie Demetrius McCray.
McCray was considered a raw talent when selected in April, but defensive coordinator Bob Babich praised the rookie on Wednesday for his growth, calling him "a different guy from rookie minicamp until now." McCray's strong preseason also convinced Bradley, who said he'd be confident if the rookie was to play on Sunday.
Here's the full injury report from practice on Thursday:
|Blaine Gabbert (hand)||Out||Out||Out|
|Dwayne Gratz (ankle)||Out||Out||Out|
|Marcedes Lewis (calf)||DNP||DNP|
|Will Rackley (knee)||DNP||DNP|
|Uche Nwaneri (knee)||Limited||DNP|
|Mike Brown (back)||Limited||DNP|
|Jordan Todman (shoulder)||Limited||Limited|
|Cecil Shorts III (groin)||Limited||Limited|
|Roy Miller (knee)||Limited||DNP|
|Alan Ball (groin)||---||Limited|
|J.T. Thomas (hamstring)||---||DNP|
Bradley said after Thursday's practice that Nwaneri and Rackley should be ready to play on Sunday, but Lewis and Brown are still up in the air.