After a home loss to the Packers in Week 1, things don’t get any easier for the Jaguars on Sunday, as they head west to take on the Chargers. To make matters worse, Jacksonville will be without key players on both sides of the ball, as running back Chris Ivory and cornerback Prince Amukamara are both officially out.
The Jaguars have ruled out Ivory and Amukamara after both missed practice all week, Michael DiRocco for ESPN.com reports. Ivory will miss his second game in a row with what is mysteriously listed as a “general medical issue,” while Amukamara sustained a hamstring injury during the defeat last week.
Without Ivory, the Jaguars will rely largely on T.J. Yeldon to carry the football after an ineffective performance against the Packers. While Yeldon did manage to find the end zone once, his 21 carries for 39 yards put the offense in plenty of difficult down-and-distance situations.
If there is a silver lining to Amukamara’s absence, it’s the Chargers will be without their best receiver, Keenan Allen, who went down with a season-ending injury. The Jaguars will hope steady veteran Devon House and first-round draft pick Jaylen Ramsey can stop the likes of Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams.
Of course, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers has done more with less before, so Amukamara is no minor loss for the Jacksonville defense.
In better news for the Jaguars, it sounds like defensive end Donte Fowler (illness) is on track to play, although starting right tackle Jeremy Parnell’s status is still undecided.