Throughout this week, the Bucks appeared to be showing signs of being healthier than they were earlier in the season. And based on the final injury report ahead of Sunday’s Week 16 game against the Jaguars at Raymond James Stadium, that appears to be the case.
However, one player was ruled out and one player was added to the injury report Friday afternoon. Rookie wide receiver Rakim Jarrett will miss Christmas Eve’s game against Jacksonville, while Antwon Winfield Jr. is a troubling addition with a calf injury.
Jarrett, an undrafted free agent, returned from injured reserve this week and is currently in 21 days of practice. Despite being a full participant in practice this week, he will not return to action for the first time since injuring his quadriceps muscle against the 49ers on Nov. 19.
“We’re just looking at him a little bit more,” Bowles said after Friday’s practice. “We’ll look at him a little bit more and make that decision later this week.”
Winfield did not participate in Friday’s practice and will need to be careful throughout the weekend due to a calf injury. Needless to say, Antwon Winfield Jr. has been the best and most consistent player on defense this year, so his limited minutes or absence is a big concern for the Bucks. He’s playing at an All-Pro level and already has 107 tackles (65 solo), four sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and a career-high 11 passes. Recording defense.
Other than Jarrett and Winfield, Tampa Bay only has one player on injury designation heading into the weekend. Will Goulston (knee/ankle), who missed last week’s game against the Packers, has had limited participation in practice all week and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
Which Jaguars quarterback will the Bucs face?
One of the main storylines in this game this week was the health of Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence injured his ankle a few weeks ago and has been playing through it, but he entered concussion protocol after Jacksonville’s loss to Baltimore last Sunday night. Because of this, many believe that Lawrence may miss a game for the first time in his football career dating back to his high school days.
Actually Thursday night NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports. The Jaguars were likely to play without a franchise quarterback this weekend.
But the story took on a new twist Friday as Lawrence was able to practice for the first time all week. He is officially listed as a limited participant and will enter the weekend with a “questionable” tag. He is still in concussion protocol, and head coach Doug Pederson said Friday that the quarterback must clear the protocol before the team leaves for Tampa on Saturday. Otherwise, Lawrence will not be able to travel and will not be able to participate in the game.
If Lawrence is unavailable, veteran backup CJ Beathard will start in his place.
Bucks final injury report for Week 16
The full Bucks’ final injury report for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars is below.
Rakim Jarrett – Quadriceps – Full Participation – OUT
Will Golston – Knee/Ankle – Limited Participation – Questionable
Antoine Winfield Jr. – Calf – Did not participate – Questionable
Carlton Davis – Groin – Full participation
Chris Godwin – Knee/Rest – Full Participation
Josh Hayes – Illness – Full Participation
Ryan Neal – Back – Full participation
Vita Vea – Toe – Full participation
Devin White – Footy – Full participation
Jaguars Week 16 Final Injury Report
While Lawrence’s health has been in the spotlight this week, the situation elsewhere in Jacksonville is equally dire. The team is already without lead receiver Christian Kirk for the remainder of the year, and quite a few players are questionable this week. The full Jaguars final injury report for Sunday’s game against the Bucks is below.
Christian Braswell – Hamstring – Limited Participation – Questionable
Tyson Campbell – Quadriceps – Limited Participation – Questionable
Andre Cisco – Groin – Limited Participation – Questionable
Zay Jones – Knee/Hamstring – Limited Participation – Questionable
Trevor Lawrence – Ankle/Concussion – Limited Participation – Questionable
Brenton Strange – Legs – Limited Participation – Questionable
CJ Beathard – Left shoulder – Full participation
Ezra Cleveland – Knee – Limited Participation
Walker Little – Hamstring – Limited Participation