|Jaguars QB Garrard sprains ankle, out of game against Colts|
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|Monday, 22 October 2007 19:17|
David Garrard sprained his left ankle when sacked by Ed Johnson early in the second quarter Monday night, and coach Jack Del Rio suggested he might not be able to play next week against Tampa Bay.
``He got a pretty good sprain,'' Del Rio said. ``I would think, in all likelihood, he'll be missing some time.''
Del Rio said he would have a better idea of the scope of the injury Wednesday, but said he probably would either call up Lester Ricard from the practice squad or try to sign a veteran.
``Right now, it doesn't look like any roll of the ankle,'' Del Rio said.
Garrard won the starting job in training camp over Byron Leftwich, a former first-round pick who then was released and picked up by the Atlanta Falcons. His success was measured in efficiency, and Garrard had not thrown an interception all year.
The Jaguars were trailing 7-0 and on the Colts' 37 when Johnson beat right tackle Tony Pashos and dropped Garrard for a 6-yard loss. Garrard came out of the game, and backup Quinn Gray was intercepted on his second pass.
Peyton Manning led the Colts on an 11-play drive that covered 76 yards, ending with his 1-yard sneak for a 14-0 lead.
Garrard returned on the next series, but Del Rio noticed the swelling had increased at halftime, and he never returned.
Gray, who hadn't thrown a pass this year until Monday night, was ineffective. He was intercepted twice on passes that got away from him, and overthrew open targets. He finished 9-of-24 for 56 yards, a passer rating of 11.1.
By the sound of it, Gray might be leading the Jaguars into Tampa Bay on Sunday.
``I don't want to get too far ahead,'' Del Rio said. ``But in all likelihood, that's going to be the case.''
The Jaguars (4-2) fell two games behind Indianapolis in the AFC South, a position with which they're familiar. The unknown is moving forward with an untested quarterback, with Del Rio hopeful it wouldn't be for long.
``We've got a lot of faith in Quinn, just like we have a lot of faith in David,'' running back Fred Taylor said.
Maurice Jones-Drew, whose 65-yard kickoff return led to the Jaguars' only score on his 1-yard run in the third quarter, banged up his knee late in the game and hobbled off the field.
Del Rio said he was sore, but should be fine for next week.