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Update [2006-9-8 21:26:22 by Grizz]: Jags DT Marcus Stroud did not practice today as expected, and almost certainly won't play Sunday. MLB Mike Peterson did practice today (Friday) which was the big test for his knee, so while he's still listed as questionable, it's starting to look like he will play. As for CB Brian Williams, ESPN reported that the team has no power to suspend him under the CBA, even if they were so inclined, so he will probably play. [END UPDATE]

Even though Jack Del Rio has listed Marcus Stroud as questionable, from all indicators he won't be playing on Sunday against Dallas.

Marcus Stroud's five-year streak of playing in 80 consecutive regular season games since being drafted is likely to be snapped on Sunday.

Stroud suffered what may turn out to be a serious ankle injury in practice Wednesday and was on crutches Thursday with a boot on his lower right leg.

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The Jaguars officially listed him as questionable for the Jaguars season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, but Stroud would appear to have little chance of playing on Sunday.

The bigger question may be his availability for any of the team's first four games against playoff teams in the next 24 days.


When people are speculating on whether he will be able to play next week or the next, there's little chance of him playing this week. Del Rio refused to comment on the possibility of ligament damage in the ankle, another bad sign for Stroud. It looks like Dallas will catch a break for this game, because Stroud is a dominant force on the defensive line. So far, I haven't found any news on the status of MLB Mike Peterson, who is supposed to be evaluated today to see if he'll play on Sunday.

Everybody's been mentioning the arrest of Jags CB Brian Williams, so here's the update.

Police arrested Jaguars cornerback Brian Williams on Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence.

The Jaguars' biggest free-agent acquisition of the offseason was arrested early Saturday morning after his 2006 Bentley, while traveling on West Bay Street, swerved toward a police car, causing it to hit a curb, according to a JSO police report.

It's unclear whether Williams will be suspended for the team's season opener Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Williams has continued to practice with the team this week.

The Jaguars confirmed the arrest, but team vice president Dan Edwards declined to comment.


He's been practicing with the team all week and other reports are that the Jags will not suspend him pending the legal outcome of the arrest. I expect him to play on Sunday.  

This article says the Williams and fellow CB Rashean Mathis are looking forward to covering TNT. I don't know about you, but I think only a drunk person would say they want to cover Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn. OK, that was a cheap shot, I admit it.

If cornerbacks Rashean Mathis and Brian Williams could have chosen any team to play in Jacksonville's season opener, they agree it would have been Dallas.

After all, what would have been better and potentially more rewarding - than trying to shut down receiver Terrell Owens in his much-anticipated Cowboys debut?

"I love the challenge," Williams said. "I wouldn't want to go out there and have an easy opponent. You want to go out there and play the best. If he's the best, we want to play him."