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Jaguars pile up injuries in loss to Saints

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are limping into the regular-season finale.

Five starters and two key reserves are injured heading into this week's game at Houston, including both offensive tackles. It's too early in the week to determine availability, but it's likely that several will not be able to play against the Texans.

Here's the MASH list:

Right tackle Jermey Parnell injured his hamstring in Sunday's loss to New Orleans and did not return.

Left tackle Luke Joeckel reported lower back and right knee soreness after the game.

Defensive end Jared Odrick suffered a quad contusion above his right knee and was unable to return to the game.

Defensive end/tackle Tyson Alualu injured his right ankle against the Saints but remained in the game.

Defensive tackle Abry Jones reported left knee soreness after the game.

Running back T.J. Yeldon has missed the past two games with a sprained MCL.

Linebacker Telvin Smith missed the Saints game with a slight shoulder separation.

It would seem unlikely for Yeldon and Smith to play against the Texans. Nor should they. It would be silly to risk further injury to two of the team's best players in a game that has no bearing on where the Jaguars finish in the AFC South. The rest of the injured will have their status updated throughout the week. The players are off on Tuesday and return to practice on Wednesday.