Following the team’s first preseason game, the Jaguars exited the contest relatively healthy, but two veterans will need some time to recover as the grind of training camp nears an end.
Speaking with the media on Tuesday, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer announced that Tre Herndon will be “week-to-week” with an MCL sprain.
This could the veteran defensive back likely won’t be back with the team for the remainder of preseason, though Meyer didn’t specify an exact time for his return.
Another player, center Brandon Linder, will miss some time with patellar tendinitis. Meyer did say he was “fine,” however.
“He’s got patella tendonitis, so they gave him a little rehab day today,” Meyer said of Linder. “He should be back out. We’re going to sit him for a little bit, but he’s fine. He’s fine.”
Jacksonville will use backup center Tyler Shatley in the meantime, someone who has had plenty of work with rookie quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Garnder Minshew II during practice.
The Jaguars have played musical chairs with some of its defensive backs this training camp. After getting cornerback CJ Henderson into the fold two weeks ago, the team will be missing another one of its key defenders and special teams players.
Herndon played just 11 snaps on defense against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, with two snaps on special teams. He has missed this week’s practice time after playing as one of the primary nickel cornerbacks for the team over the course of training camp.
Now, the Jaguars will rely more heavily on rookie CB Tyson Campbell to help with the nickel position. Campbell made a couple of plays on the football against the Browns but allowed one touchdown in the corner of the end zone late in the contest.
It’s something, the rookie says, was a teaching moment for him.
“You live and you learn, so I’ll keep getting better each and every week,” Campbell said on Tuesday. “[I’m]taking it to the chin and keep pushing and making sure I’m making plays as well.”