After missing Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders due to an ankle injury, Jaguars receiver DJ Chark Jr. is set to resume running and cutting today and could play on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, barring a setback.
Chark Jr. missed the Jaguars week 15 matchup against the Raiders — his first of the season due to an ankle injury suffered against the Los Angeles Chargers in week 14. Chark Jr. was seen walking without a walking boot on Friday and there was early optimism he would play against the Raiders before Marrone ruled him out a couple of days prior to the game.
On Monday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone indicated that the receiver was set to resume cutting and running, and could play on Sunday.
“So, once they get him on the field, and he’s running and cutting, then we’ll see what they say afterwards,” Marrone said via conference call. “If he can do it, and whatever percentage he’s at, then I think there’s a good chance he’ll be able to come back and play.”
Receiver Keelan Cole started in place of Chark Jr. on Sunday and accounted for three receptions for 76 yards including a 55-yard reception during the first quarter. Chark Jr. has accounted for 67 receptions for 956 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He has become rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II’s favorite target and the Jaguars number one receiver.
“I know that’s what his mind set is, so that’s good, but like I said before, he’s on the field running and cutting. I haven’t gotten the report from that yet but that’s a great sign.”