The Jacksonville Jaguars will open up preseason play against the New England Patriots on Thursday but will be missing some notable players.
Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said on Wednesday that the team will be without running back Maurice Jones-Drew, defensive end Aaron Kampman, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and tight end Marcedes Lewis, according to the Florida Times-Union.
Jones-Drew is coming off a Pro Bowl season that ended abruptly following a lingering meniscus injury. He has insisted he is at full-health but the team seems to be taking precautions.
The same can be said for Kampman, who tore his ACL last year.
Lewis is a little rusty after coming to training camp a few days late following a holdout while Knighton has been too out of shape to practice.
Starting quarterback David Garrard won’t make the trip either after he hurt his back last week. Rookie Blaine Gabbert will start in his place.
Cornerback Derek Cox, cornerback T.J. Heath, receiver Armon Binns, safety Matt Estrada, safety Chris Prosinski, and receiver Cecil Shorts reportedly won’t travel with the team either.
Third-year right tackle Eben Britton didn’t attend practice on Wednesday or Thursday either and has been bothered by back soreness.
The Jaguars play the Patriots at 7:30 on CBS.