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Jags' Jones-Drew a likely scratch for Sunday

The Buffalo Bills are not likely to face the Jacksonville Jaguars' best offensive weapon on Sunday.

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to miss a sixth straight game with a sprained foot. Jones-Drew is a three-time Pro Bowler who last year led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,606.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday fourth-year man Reshad Jennings will start against the Bills.

"We will rotate all of the backs," Mularkey told Jacksonville reporters. "We will have a rotation, but Rashad Jennings will start there."

Jennings started the season opener because Jones-Drew held out the entire preseason. But Jennings hurt his knee in that game and didn't return until Week Four. Jennings was pulled from the starting lineup two weeks ago in favor of Jalen Parmele. However, Parmele suffered a groin injury in last week's win over Tennessee and was placed on the injured-reserve list.

So the Jags are going back to Jennings, who is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry on 98 rushing attempts. Presuming Jones-Drew is unavailable, none of the other Jaguars backs in the game will have had a carry this season. Behind Jennings at the moment are Montell Owens and second-year man Jordan Todman. Owens has 14 carries in seven seasons. Todman, undrafted out of Connecticut, was signed on Tuesday.

Fullback Greg Jones has missed the past four games with a hip injury and was limited Wednesday.

Starting cornerback Derek Cox did not practice due to a hamstring injury suffered in the second half of last week's game. Also not practicing but considered to have a good chance to play were defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (calf), defensive end Austen Lane (foot) and center Brad Meester (foot). Also limited was starting cornerback Rashean Mathis (groin).

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Sunday's game will be blacked out on local television. Roughly 15,000 tickets remain for the 1 p.m. game.

"That is our responsibility – win to keep the fans excited about the football team," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "That is our responsibility. The fans are great. They are extremely loyal and they want a winner just like anybody else."

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The Jaguars have just 13 sacks this season, worst in the league. They added to their pass rush Wednesday by claiming Jason Babin off waivers from Philadelphia. Babin, 32, had 18 sacks last season. He has 5.5 this year, and his release from the Eagles was stunning. By virtue of their 2-9 record, the Jaguars were second on the waiver-claiming list, after 1-10 Kansas City. According to several media reports, the Bills also put in a claim for Babin.

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Gailey said cornerback Aaron Williams has a chance to play. Williams has missed the past three games with a sprained knee.

Williams was limited Wednesday.

Not practicing Wednesday and out for the game are defensive ends Mark Anderson (knee) and Chris Kelsay (neck). Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (ankle) was rested but is expected to play.

Limited in practice were: Corey McInytre (ankle), Brad Smith (hamstring), Spencer Johnson (ankle), Nick Barnett (knee), Kraig Urbik (knee) and Donald Jones (calf).

Meanwhile, the Bills signed defensive end Corbin Bryant to the practice squad, taking the spot of safety Delano Howell, who was signed to the Colts' active roster.

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Kyle Williams filled in at fullback Sunday on some goal-line plays after McIntyre went out. The Colts had Williams well covered on a play-action pass play that produced a touchdown pass to tight end Lee Smith.

"They must know all about his golf and swimming career," quipped Ryan Fitzpatrick. "They must know he is a great athlete."

"I'd have much rather scored, but I doubt they were too worried about me," Williams said.

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