JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 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 past 10 days -- could play significant roles Thursday night at Atlanta, when Jacksonville plays its third game in 11 days.
The team's roster looks like it did, too.
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.
The Jaguars have had so many season-ending injuries they had to reach injury settlements with five players just to maintain a practice squad. The NFL allows teams to have no more than 80 players under contract, including guys on the 53-man roster, the eight-man practice squad and injured reserve.
"Whoever is down, somebody else is up," Lewis said. "We've got to keep rolling. Who's going to be in there is who's going to be in there."
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