At 4-10, the Jacksonville Jaguars are finally out of the AFC playoff picture. While that doesn't speak too highly about the level of competition in the AFC, it does mean that the Jaguars gave it the "old college try" this season instead of packing it in after an 0-8 start.
According to Mike DiRocco of ESPN, the Jags are taking a cautious approach with both running back Maurice Jones-Drew and rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien, withholding them from practice this week - up until Friday - in order to see if they will be game ready for this Sunday's match-up with the Tennessee Titans.
Jones-Drew is battling a hamstring injury, with Cyprien hampered by a thigh injury. Both factor heavily into the future plans of the franchise, with Cyprien being their 2013 second-round draft pick (33rd overall) and Jones-Drew now rumored to be re-signing with the team in the offseason versus testing free agency.
Jordan Todman filled in for Jones-Drew in a loss against Buffalo this past Sunday, totaling 153-yards from scrimmage in an admirable showing. Winston Guy was more than capable in the filling of Cyprien's shoes, boasting a strip sack and six tackles in a valiant effort.
The Jaguars have already shut down wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, and like all team's that have floundered their season dreams, will attempt to finish the season without any further injuries.