Gray (quadriceps) was released from injured reserve after reaching an injury settlement with the Jaguars, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports. Gray was initially waived by Jacksonville last week and then placed on IR. Prior to injuring his leg, Gray faced an uphill battle to make the team, and it appears he wasn't a part of their future plans, so he and the Jaguars decided to part ways.
Gray (quad) was placed on the Jaguars' waived/injured list Wednesday. Gray has been dealing with a quad injury that prevented him from participating in Jacksonville's preseason opener. However, he was just fourth on the Jaguars' RB depth chart and remained without a timetable to return to action, which altogether made him a suitable candidate to be nixed from the team's 90-man roster in order to make room for DT T.J. Barnes
Gray rushed for 23 yards on nine carries and had a four-yard reception in Sunday's loss to Houston. Gray doubled his workload in his second game in Jacksonville from five touches to 10. His total yards decreased, however, from 31 to 27. Though the diminished production no doubt has a lot to do with going from playing one of the league's worst defenses in New Orleans to one of the best in Houston, Gray showed nothing that would indicate that he'll challenge T.J. Yeldon for carries in 2016.
Gray could see an increased workload Sunday against the Texans. Gray backed up Denard Robinson last week against the Saints, finishing with 31 yards on five carries, with a 25-yard rush that was nullified by a holding penalty. Starter T.J. Yeldon's (knee) status is very much up in the air entering Week 17, and if he doesn't play, Gray could be slated for a larger share of the carries alongside Robinson. "It was good to see Jonas get some carries," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. "We'll try to find out more about him in this finale but I have a good feel for Denard (Robinson) right now and where he's at. ... I have a pretty good feel for T.J. and Denard and trying to get a better feel for Jonas this week." Even if Robinson ends up with the starting designation, it looks as though the Jaguars will attempt to get an extended look at Gray in what's ultimately a meaningless game.
Gray led the Jaguars with 31 yards on five carries in Sunday's loss to the Saints. Gray joined the team off of the Dolphins' practice squad earlier in the month, and Sunday marked his first action in a Jaguars uniform. While listed as the backup to Denard Robinson, Gray ended up essentially splitting the workload with Robinson, though the Jaguars rushed only 15 times as a team after falling behind 24-0 in the first half. Robinson figures to enter Week 17's matchup with Houston as the No. 1 back, but Gray likely showed enough Sunday - he broke off a 23-yard run, the Jags' longest of the day - to warrant a minor backup role.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@New York Jets||15||17.00|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|10||11/12||Los Angeles Chargers||27||19.88|
|16||12/24||@San Francisco 49ers||33||27.13|
|3 Year Avg||45||196||2||3||28||0||33|