JACKSONVILLE, FL - A short week is the last thing the short-handed Jacksonville Jaguars needed right now.
They already have placed more players on injured reserve (27) than any team in the league, and are so banged up at some positions that receiver Taylor Price and safeties Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Darcel McBath - all signed in the last 10 days - could play significant roles Thursday night at Atlanta.
It will be Jacksonville's third game in 11 days, a stretch that has star running back Maurice Jones-Drew sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber.
The Jaguars (4-9) are playing without six defensive linemen, their top three cornerbacks, a starting offensive lineman, a starting linebacker and several key backups. Plus, safety Dwight Lowery missed Sunday's game against Tampa Bay because of a shoulder injury, and his backup, rookie Chris Prosinski, broke his thumb and landed on IR.