The Jacksonville Jaguars opened their season with a 16-14 victory against the Tennessee Titans, but there might have been a few casualties in the contest.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis and cornerback Derek Cox, both starters, left the game Sunday with a calf strain and rib injury, respectively, and their availability for this week’s game against the New York Jets is questionable.
Head coach Jack Del Rio coy about their status during a press conference on Monday, but said neither injury would be “long-term” according Gene Frenette of Sporting News.
Losing either player would put the Jaguars at a significant disadvantage against a physical Jets squad. Lewis is the most complete tight end in the NFL and Cox has enjoyed a solid preseason.
Zach Miller normally backs up Lewis but he was out last week against Tennessee, meaning the Jaguars would be awfully thin at tight end.
If Cox can’t play, the Jaguars will have to rely on either nickel back Drew Coleman or cornerback/safety Dwight Lowery. Both of them played for the Jets last season.