JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars likely will know better today whether three defensive starters -- middle linebacker Mike Peterson, cornerback Kenny Wright, and defensive end Paul Spicer -- will be available for Saturday's game.
Peterson is the Jaguars' leading tackler, taking full advantage of the clean shots he has to make plays as a result of massive tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson tying up blockers in front of him. The system works well, but if Peterson can't go -- he left
Preliminary word is that he might be able to play with the cast, but Tony Gilbert, considered a bigger hitter than Peterson but not as productive overall, could see a lot of action.
Wright, who left Sunday's game against the Titans with a left knee injury, had been a steady performer at right cornerback, though teams recently began to pick on him. In a 38-20 win over the Texans two weeks ago, Corey Bradford and Andre Johnson burned Wright for 50- and 53-yard touchdowns.
The alternatives after Wright are two inexperienced players, David Richardson and Scott Starks. The Jaguars could move nickel back Terry Cousins to corner if Wright can't go, but that would expose the secondary if the Patriots use multiple-receiver sets.
Spicer, one of the team's most effective pass rushers, broke his left hand in pregame warmups two weeks ago. He was held out of Sunday's action in hopes that he could return for the playoffs.