Denard Robinson might be Jaguars' No. 1 back against Colts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson says he should be able to play on Sunday against Indianapolis.

That’s a heap of good news for the Jaguars, who can’t seem to keep running backs healthy this season.

The team put T.J. Yeldon (ankle) on injured reserve on Monday. Chris Ivory has missed four games because of various injuries and he might not be able to play this week against the Colts because of a hamstring injury.

That means the Jaguars would have to rely on second-year player Corey Grant, first-year player Bronson Hill, and newly signed Daryl Richardson, who has 169 carries in his career but only two since 2013. Things are much better if Robinson is able to play after missing three games because of an ankle injury.

"Looks like I’ll be able to go," Robinson said Tuesday. "It’s been tough [not playing]. I hate just watching. I want to go out there with the team and try to at least help out. So it’s been tough, but it’s football. You’ve got to keep going and bounce back."

Yeldon and Ivory were injured in the Jaguars’ 38-17 victory against Tennessee last Saturday. Yeldon was hurt on his second carry and Ivory was hurt early in the second half. He was able to return to the game before leaving for good in the third quarter. Ivory had injured his hamstring against Buffalo and missed two games before returning to the field two weeks ago against Houston.

Yeldon is the Jaguars’ leading rusher (465 yards) by 26 yards over Ivory (439). Robinson has rushed for 127 yards on 37 carries, but he has been the Jaguars’ feature back before. He led the team in rushing in 2014 with 582 yards. He had back-to-back 100-yard games that season.

Grant has carried the ball only 14 times this season, with nine coming against the Titans after Ivory left the game in the second half. Hill has played in just two games. Richardson has appeared in three games since 2013, all of which have come this season for Pittsburgh. He has two carries for seven yards in those games.

The Jaguars signed Joe Banyard to the practice squad on Tuesday afternoon and placed linebacker Sean Porter (hamstring) on injured reserve. Banyard played in five games with the Jaguars last season but was released before organized team activities began in the spring. He has 21 carries for 88 yards with Minnesota and Jacksonville.