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Jaguars to be without multiple key starters vs. Colts

With Mike Glennon under center, the Jaguars will have to get creative on offense without some of its key weapons.

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The Jaguars will be without plenty of talent on offense this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts as the team announced on Friday that receivers DJ Chark Jr. (shin) and Collin Johnson (hamstring) will miss Sunday’s game after not practicing this week.

The team already ruled out running back James Robinson (ankle) earlier in the week and center Brandon Linder will miss yet another game to end the year after being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 16 with an ankle injury.

On Monday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced that Mike Glennon would be the team’s starting quarterback, noting that no one decision really moves the needle in the direction of wins or losses, but he believes Glennon gives the team the best opportunity to win.

Well, in Glennon’s - potential - final game as a Jaguars’ quarterback, he will have to work with changes along the offensive line and within the key skill-player positions. Jaguars receivers Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault and Chris Conley will likely take the majority of the repetitions at receiver without Chark ready for the action.

Chark will finish the season totaling 53 receptions, 706 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games. Entering his contract season in 2021, Chark’s production should be expected to go up, especially if the team is able to land Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft as expected.

With the final game upon us, the Jaguars will look to end the season on a high note, ushering in the new year with a victory. Marrone said on Monday that now is not the time to reflect, rather, the team should be prepared to usher the new year in with a victory, finishing the year out strong after a dreadful 14-game losing streak.

“It’s a start of a new year,” Marrone said on Monday. “[It’s] kind of what I talked about yesterday when I talked to the team after the game.” “It’s the first game of 2021. [We’re] looking at it and trying to say, ‘Okay listen, we’ve got to really focus on this one game and how important it’s going to be to how we feel and how we leave the building, all those things.’

“I think after this game, then it’s time to look at [this year], to look back and that’s been my talk with the coaches and the players because reflecting back now is not going to help us win this football game that were playing a division opponent.”