Eugene Monroe doesn’t expect it to be easy, but he does expect to play in the 2011 season finale Sunday. He said to do otherwise really isn’t an option.
Monroe, the Jaguars’ starting left tackle, missed practice Friday because of an ankle injury sustained in practice Thursday, but said he will continue undergoing treatment through the weekend, and that he will play Sunday.
“I don’t think it’s a huge deal,” Monroe said Friday as the Jaguars (4-11) prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts (2-13) at EverBank Field in downtown Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.
“I’m just working on it treatment-wise, trying to get ready for Sunday. I just don’t think it’s something so serious where I couldn’t play or push on it.”
Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker called Monroe likely a “game-time decision.”
If Monroe can’t play, Cameron Bradfield – who started last week at right tackle – likely would start at left tackle, Tucker said. Guy Whimper likely would start at right tackle after missing last week’s game with a knee injury.
“Bradfield could go in there and play, no problem,” Tucker said. “Obviously, he has some experience in there and could play.”
Whimper practiced on a limited basis this week.
Monroe, a starter at left tackle in 13 of 15 games this season, said he was stepped on in practice Wednesday by defensive lineman C.J. Mosley.
“No one’s playing fully healthy right now,” Monroe said, and when told some fans might wonder about pushing to play in the regular-season finale with the Jaguars out of the playoff chase, he noted that NFL players don’t see things that way.
“That’s not even a question,” Monroe said. “It’s kind of silly to ask that question. Why wouldn’t you?”
Also for the Jaguars Friday:
*Kicker Josh Scobee told reporters he would like to remain in Jacksonville next season. Scobee, the third alternate to the Pro Bowl, will become a free agent after the season. “Whatever happens, happens, but from a business standpoint, you have to understand it is a business first,” Scobee said. “Obviously, I’d like to stay here, because I love the city, and love the organization, but it is a business.” Scobee, who has made 19 of 21 field goals this season, said he would be surprised if he doesn’t return to Jacksonville.
*Tucker said running back Maurice Jones-Drew will start Sunday against the Colts. Jones-Drew, the NFL’s leading rusher by 128 yards over LeSean McCoy, practiced Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury. He is listed as probable on the injury report.
*Tucker said he liked what he saw during the final week of practice in preparation for the Colts. “The focus was on attention to detail and execution,” he said. “You could tell the guys were honing in the little things that make a difference.”
*Safety Dawan Landry missed practice with an illness for a second consecutive day, but Tucker said he is expected to play. Landry is the lone player in the Jaguars’ secondary to start every game this season. “We didn’t need him out there, so we gave him a little more time to test,” Tucker said. “He should be fine.”
*Tight end Zach Potter (calf) and safety Dwight Lowery (shoulder) were listed as doubtful on the injury report. Potter sustained the injury in practice this week, and Lowery missed last week’s game with the injury. If Lowery can’t play, second-year veteran Akwasi Owunsu-Ansah will start a second consecutive game.
*Kevin Rutland and Morgan Trent worked with the starters at cornerback during the portion of practice open to the media, and with Landry not practicing, C.C. Brown and Owunsu-Ansah worked with the starters at safety. Of that foursome, Rutland was the only one on the roster in November. “It really just stamps how the season has gone as far as injuries for this team,” Rutland said. “They bring in guys who are ready to play. That was done for a reason, because you just never know.” The Jaguars have 25 players on injured reserve, including 10 defensive backs.
* The Jaguars on Friday claimed third-year offensive tackle William Robinson off waivers from the Saints and waived defensive back Robert McClain. They also waived center Bradley Vierling and wide receiver Charly Martin from the practice squad.
*Rookie wide receiver Cecil Shorts was ruled out of Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury that has kept him out the last two games.
*The following players were also listed as probable: defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (not injury related), fullback Greg Jones (hamstring), tight end Marcedes Lewis (hamstring), cornerback Kevin Rutland (calf), Whimper (knee), Landry (illness).