The Jaguars’ bye week improved their injury situation, but didn’t make it disappear.
The Jaguars returned to work Monday for practice (helmets, but no pads) and were without receiver Rashad Greene (Achilles), free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) and tight ends Marcedes Lewis (hip pointer) and Ben Koyack (knee).
Defensive end Jared Odrick (triceps), tight end Julius Thomas (elbow) and linebacker Dan Skuta (hip) all returned to practice.
The Jaguars’ medical rundown:
*Odrick missed the Baltimore and Indianapolis games but expects to play against Chicago.
“There are some things that modern medicine can’t solve and this was about time and the body healing itself,” Odrick said. “I had plenty of treatment from the team and from my staff but in terms of physical activity and lifting weights – I did nothing the first two weeks.”
*Thomas missed the Indianapolis game, but also returned to practice.
“I’m all right,” he said. “I feel pretty good. I’m pretty confident I’ll get to suit up.”
*Greene expects to be available Sunday.
“My concern level is zero,” he said. “It was something I was dealing with before and I was playing with it. I got some treatment [Monday]. It’s actually getting better. I’ll be ready for practice on Wednesday.”
*Koyack (knee) remains out indefinitely. He was injured in practice Sept. 21 and had surgery to trim the meniscus.
“Just continuing to work hard and get back to full strength as quick as possible,” he said. “It’s a situation I’ve been in before – I had the same thing done to my other knee in high school so I know it’s something that if I keep working, I’ll be back to full strength in no time.”
Koyack wouldn’t reveal a target date for his return except to say, “as soon as possible.”
*As for Lewis and Gipson, their status is unknown.
Linebacker Paul Posluszny was saluted on social media during the lead-up to Hurricane Matthew for assistant a neighbor with her storm protectors.
“We were putting ours up and she’s a single mom and she said, ‘You mind helping us?’ and we said, ‘Not at all,’” Posluszny said. “It was me and a couple of other guys from our neighborhood and we went over and helped her out.”
Posluszny said he lives about seven miles from the Atlantic Ocean and didn’t sustain any damage.
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum spent the bye weekend at his home in Texas.
“I was keeping track of it a lot,” he said. “I had my wife looking at the security cameras [at their house], especially when we knew it hit the beaches.”
Coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars explored contingency plan in case EverBank Field and the adjacent practice fields weren’t ready for practice Monday.
“We were talking about going to Atlanta – we had to have options ready,” Bradley said. “Everyone is feeling good that we’re back in our building.”
Omamhe ready to start
Jaguars offensive lineman Patrick Omameh is preparing to start at left guard against Chicago after starter Luke Joeckel underwent season-ending surgery last Thursday to repair ACL, MCL and meniscus damage.
It’s the opportunity Omameh has been working toward since signing with the Jaguars in June.
“I’m just trying to go out and perform and put this team in a position to get that second win and keep trending upward,” Omameh said.
Omameh filled in at left guard against Indianapolis after Joeckel went down in the second quarter. The fourth-year veteran also has experience playing at tackle and could provide the team’s offensive line with some much-needed versatility.
Another option at left guard is Chris Reed, who was inactive against the Colts but started against Baltimore in Week 3 when Joeckel shifted to left tackle with Beachum out. The Jaguars signed free agent offensive lineman Bryce Harris on Wednesday to provide depth.
“It’s horrible,” Omameh said of seeing Joeckel lost for the season. “You never like to see injuries in the game. Injuries are always unfortunate. It being your own teammate and someone you know on a personal level, it affects you differently. It’s part of the game, but it’s unfortunate.”
The Jaguars signed safety Akeem Davis to the practice squad, taking the place of safety Marqueston Huff, who was signed to Baltimore’s active roster last week. Davis has played in 19 regular season games and been with Washington, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Kansas City. … Something will give on third down Sunday – the Bears’ offense is 29th and the Jaguars’ defense is 29th.