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Jaguars look to finish 2012 strong

The Jaguars have stumbled to a 2-10 record so far this year, but the players are still saying they need to go out and work hard to end the year on a good note.


The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a miserable 2012 season. Their most recent loss to the Buffalo Bills has dropped them to 2-10, and the team has been hamstrung by injuries for weeks. After backup running back Rashad Jennings went down with a concussion on Saturday, Montell Owens was thrust into the starting lineup, and he says the team is focused on playing well to end the season, not on who they're missing:

"Our main concern is not about who’s out there, or who’s doing what," Owens said Monday, a day after the Jaguars’ 34-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. "It’s about coming together as a team, and finishing the year off strong."

The Jaguars' first string running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, has missed the past six games with a foot injury, and at this point there may be little benefit to bringing him back for the end of the season. However, the players that are out on the field are all saying they need to do their jobs for the next several weeks, including linebacker Paul Posluszny:

"It’s as simple as that," Posluszny said. "It’s, ‘Be professional. Do your job. Continue to work for improvement.’ You see this happen with other teams. It’s so easy to quit on the season and say, ‘I just want to get through this.’ That’s not going to be the case with us.

The Jaguars host the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

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