Ivory was admitted to the hospital Sunday morning with a general medical issue, but the team did not specify the issue. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the issue is unrelated to the calf issue that landed Ivory in the questionable section of the team’s injury report.
Ivory missed the game, a 27-23 Jaguars loss to the Green Bay Packers, and T.J. Yeldon started in his place. Yeldon scored a touchdown, but gained a paltry 39 yards on 21 carries.
A first-team all-SEC star at Auburn, Groves was taken by the Jags with the 52nd overall selection in the second round of the 2008 draft. Groves played two seasons in Jacksonville before making stops in Oakland, Arizona, Cleveland, Tennessee and Buffalo. He tallied 175 combined tackles, five forced fumbles and 9.5 sacks in seven seasons in the NFL.
“Quentin was an outstanding man, on and off the field,” former teammate Marcedes Lewis said in a statement released by the Jaguars. “He made everyone around him better and always had a smile on his face. He pushed every day in practice and was a fierce competitor. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to spend two seasons with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family on this incredibly sad day.”
On defense, a horde of offseason additions will help a unit that repeatedly let them down in 2015. Tackle Malik Jackson, free safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Prince Amukamara can all make an immediate impact. Scanning the roster, there’s talent — or potential — at almost every position.
Most importantly, owner Shad Khan has patiently refused to panic, giving general manager David Caldwell and cheap jerseys and coach Gus Bradley the time to develop a squad that looks ready to compete in the AFC. It’s premature to ticket the Jags for January play, but House isn’t the only believer in NFL circles.
The perennial AFC South doormat is being lauded for a killer draft haul that included cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Myles Jack, two of the top three players on Daniel Jeremiah’s entire draft board. Add in the return of 2015 No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler from a knee injury, and the Jags may have a superstar core of young defenders to compliment an already potent offense.
And who is the face of this unbridled hope in Jacksonville? Jags owner Shad Khan? General manager David Caldwell? Franchise cornerstone Blake Bortles?
“He’s getting better and we’re putting a lot on his plate,” Bradley said Wednesday, per The Florida Times-Union. “I would say the last two weeks he has really grown. He’s really grown as far as being in shape and handling all the duties that we are asking of him.”
After Dan Skuta, the team’s starting Otto, suffered a strained hip muscle against the Ravens, it’s fair to wonder if Jack could be in for more action on Sunday when the Jaguars host the Colts in London.
With talent being relatively even across the board, it might be safe to hand the Jaguars the advantage early. Their owner, Shahid Khan, spends plenty of time in London and pushed for his team to find a second fan base among the rapidly growing international crowd there, which meant more trips and a more in-depth study of sleep cycles and performance. With a nucleus of players that has been together for a few seasons now, they are used to the now yearly trip, which they’ve made every season since 2013. The adjustment period for the Colts may not be as easy while they work their way through some first-time headaches.
Regardless, both teams need a win badly which will be a pleasant raising of the stakes this year. At 0-3, the Jaguars are in a hole they never expected to be in after pegging 2016 as the season they would finally break out. For the Colts, who have arguably the best franchise quarterback under 28, they are running out of excuses not to have a high-powered offense that can climb the mediocre AFC South.