JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Linebacker Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars tackles fullback James Casey #86 of the Houston Texans November 27, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Texans won 20 - 13. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith may miss his second consecutive game, Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said Monday.
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey told Jaguars.com linebacker Daryl Smith isn't expected to practice Wednesday, and may not play in Jacksonville's home opener Sunday, Sept. 16 against the Houston Texans.
Kyle Bosworth filled in for Smith in Jacksonville's 26-23 overtime loss at Minnesota in Week 1. The Jaguars' defense struggled to fully contain Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had 84 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Jacksonville also struggled to wrap up Vikings receivers in the open field, which was a critical element in their season-opening loss.
Despite Peterson's ability, Houston is a much tougher offense with weapons like RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson. The Jaguars will need to be even more disciplined in terms of open field tackling. Missing Smith in another game likely won't help improve the team in this area.
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