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Jaguars vs. Raiders 2012: Mike Thomas out as punt returner Sunday

Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey seemed to indicate that Aaron Ross or Michael Spurlock, not Mike Thomas, would be returning punts against the Raiders.


Wide receiver Mike Thomas had a rough training camp before turning it on during the preseason, looking like he'd make a lot of reporters and such dumb, including myself, by decrying he might get cut from the roster. Five weeks into the season, Thomas has disappeared once again, including in the punt return game, as he's averaging just seven yards per punt.

According to Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey, Thomas won't be returning punts against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"We would like to get more, obviously," Mularkey told reporters on Monday. "But we’re going to try some things with either Aaron Ross or (Micheal) Spurlock returning punts this week to see if we can get something going. Are we satisfied? I’d say no."

Spurlock was signed prior to the Jaguars loss to the Chicago Bears, but was inactive for the game. Both Ross and Spurlock have returned punts prior in their career. Spurlock also has played some slot wide receiver, something else Mularkey mentioned he may get some reps at.