Chark (shin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts. The 24-year-old was unable to practice this week due to the shin injury and won't be available for Week 17. It's a disappointing end to a disappointing season for Chark, who finishes with 53 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games after breaking out with a 1,000-yard campaign in 2019. Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley are poised to lead Jacksonville's receiving corps in the season finale.
Chark (shin) remained sidelined at practice Thursday. With Chark now having logged consecutive DNPs, his status for Sunday's game against the Colts is cloudy. If he ends up missing Jacksonville's season finale, added snaps and targets will be available for Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that he's unsure about Chark's chances of playing Week 17 against the Colts while the receiver tends to a shin injury, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. Jacksonville hadn't previously announced that Chark picked up an injury in the Week 16 loss to the Bears, during which he played 75 percent of the offensive snaps and grabbed four of seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. Chark's activity (or lack thereof) in practices Wednesday through Friday will likely determine whether the wideout plays in the season finale, but the Jaguars could be hesitant to keep him active if he's not able to advance to full participation by the end of the week. The 1-14 Jaguars have little at stake Week 17, so it would make sense for the organization to take a cautious approach with a player who will be a big part of its plans in 2021.
Chark brought in four of seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 41-17 loss to the Bears on Sunday. Chark's touchdown reception, which came from 20 yards out on an impressive catch in the left corner of the end zone, actually pulled the Jaguars even with the Bears at 10-10 in the second quarter. While Chicago would go on to separate comfortably in the second half, Chark was able to pace Jacksonville in receiving yardage while finding the end zone for the first time since Week 9. Chark will look to follow up his solid numbers with even better production as the Jags close out a forgettable season versus the Colts on the road in Week 17.
Chark caught four of five targets for 53 yards during Sunday's 40-14 loss to the Ravens. Baltimore had this game in hand early and went into halftime with a 26-0 lead, but Jacksonville's pass catchers didn't benefit much from the negative game script. Chark clearly remains the Jaguars' No. 1 wide receiver, but that hasn't meant much lately with him posting only 12 catches for 154 yards and zero touchdowns over his past four games. A matchup with the Bears in Week 16 is unlikely to improve his outlook.
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|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|13||12/05||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|16||12/26||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
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