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Jaguars thin at RB with T.J. Yeldon, Denard Robinson hurting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't quite sure who will be carrying the ball in Sunday's game at New Orleans.

T.J. Yeldon is still nursing a sprained right MCL he suffered Dec. 13, and Denard Robinson suffered a left foot sprain in the Jaguars' loss to Atlanta on Sunday, which leaves the Jaguars with only two healthy running backs on the active roster: Jonas Gray, who was signed last week, and Joe Banyard. Toby Gerhart (sports hernia) and Bernard Pierce (calf) are on IR.

Coach Gus Bradley, however, is hopeful that Robinson will be on the field against the Saints.

"We’ll wait and see what happens," Bradley said. "Everything that I have been told is more positive, more arrow up, but we’ll wait and see until we find the information."

Robinson had 74 yards of total offense and a touchdown against the Falcons, but he dropped a handoff and fumbled another carry.

Bradley is optimistic that Yeldon will be able to return either this week or in the regular-season finale against Houston on Jan. 3. However, Robinson and defensive end Andre Branch each missed three games with an MCL sprain earlier this season. Branch missed a total of four weeks because he suffered his injury during the third preseason game.

"Just hearing from the trainers and they’re saying he made great progress last week," Bradley said. "I even went in and talked to him on Sunday and visited with him so we’re hoping that progress takes place this week and we can gain him for two weeks."

The Jaguars signed Gray off Miami's practice squad last week. He has run for 534 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games with New England and Miami. Nearly half of that total came against Indianapolis while he was with the Patriots in 2014. Gray ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns in New England's 42-20 victory. However, Gray overslept and missed a practice five days later and carried the ball just 20 more times that season.

Banyard is a third-year player from UTEP and had 21 carries and 10 catches with Minnesota in 2013-14