For The Jags, A Clean Injury Is A Big Win

Jaguars_Cecil_Shorts_III_2013Jaguars fans will no doubt be encouraged by two late-game stands a maligned defense made Thursday night, preserving a 20-16 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. But that’s not the good news that matters.

The most important outcome for the Jaguars is that none of the projected starters, many of whom played three series, showed up on the post-game injury report. For players like Cecil Shorts, Luke Joeckel, Justin Babin and Tyson Alualu, who made a couple nice stops behind the line, the cause for celebration is that they should be in good health for the September 8 season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Unlike Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith, who rested all his core players, Jaguars’ first-year boss Gus Bradley wanted his first-team guys that did dress to get about 15 snaps. He should consider himself lucky that the move didn’t backfire because this depth-challenged team needs starters to stay healthy more than just about any NFL team.