Every week, whether in the NFL or NCAA, the governing body is forced to admit that their game officials made a mistake. This week, such an admission came from the NFL. The league admitted that the Ravens’ Elvis Dumervil should not have been flagged for a face mask on the final untimed down that led to the Jaguars 22-20 victory on Sunday.
According to ESPN.com, replays show the Jaguars’ offensive line, specifically left tackle Luke Joeckel, was not set. In that case, the Jaguars should’ve been flagged for illegal procedure. That would’ve led to a 10-second runoff, and the final play would have never happened. This is just another minus in the column of negatives for Joeckel, the Jaguars second overall pick, who has struggled for much of his three years in the NFL. He has failed to protect Bortles in key situations, including Sunday, when he gave up a sack, letting the defender fly right on by him.
Instead, Dumervil was flagged for grabbing the face mask of Jaguars Quarterback Blake Bortles, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and giving kicker Jason Myers the opportunity to kick the game-winning 53-yard field goal. “They didn’t get the snap off in the sense that they didn’t get everybody set,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday, according to ESPN. “The league looks at it, they know it. There is nothing we can do about it now. It’s unfortunate. It’s disappointing. It’s gut-wrenching. It’s just the way it goes.”
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With the win, The Jaguars moved to 3-6 on the season. The win did come at a cost, though, as running back T.J. Yeldon suffered a foot injury. The Jaguars have not commented on the severity of the injury, saying only he will continue to be evaluated. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union noted that the running back was in a boot. If that’s the case, it is unlikely that Yeldon will be starting Thursday, when the Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans on a short week. If Yeldon can’t go, Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson would see time Thursday. Robinson fumbled in Sunday’s game against the Ravens, but his quick burst speed, along with his receiving skills would make him a viable option.
Allen Hurns, who extended his consecutive receiving touchdown streak on Sunday is reportedly dealing with an abdominal injury. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted Hurns has “been dealing with it for some time,” while John Oehser of Jaguars.com noted the visit was scheduled prior to the Ravens game. Hurns has 41 catches for 697 yards and seven touchdowns, through nine games and wants to extend that franchise record. “I don’t want to let anyone down,” Hurns said. “I’ll fight through anything to make sure I’m out there.”
The most severe injury of the day involved defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks. Multiple reports say that Marks suffered a torn right triceps and is likely done for the season. Marks is said to be seeking a second opinion, but if confirmed, the injury would require season-ending surgery. The injury report continues with receiver Bryan Walters who suffered a concussion and is in the league’s concussion protocol, according to ESPN. Tight end Nic Jacobs suffered a hamstring injury, while defensive tackle Roy Miller played through a left knee sprain.
These could be key injuries, considering the Jaguars will be back on the field in three days. You hate to see anyone hurt, but many of the Jaguars’ walking wounded are key players in Jacksonville’s push to catch division leader Indianapolis, who had a bye on Sunday. As of now, the Jaguars sit just one game out of first place.
The game against division rival Tennessee will be part of the NFL’s Bold Rush, with both teams sporting alternate uniforms. Kickoff is set for 8:25 p.m.