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Leftwich Likely to Start for Jags

September 26, 2003

JACKSONVILLE (AP) _ Jaguars rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich most likely will make his first NFL start Sunday, with Mark Brunell downgraded to doubtful for the game against Houston.

Brunell injured his elbow in the first quarter last weekend against Indianapolis and needed five stitches after the game. He has not practiced this week, and was listed as questionable when the team’s first injury report came out Wednesday.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio wasn’t available Friday, but told a national radio audience it is ``very unlikely″ Brunell will start.

``I’m ready to go,″ Leftwich said following a short team workout Friday. The 6-foot-5 rookie from Marshall has taken most of the snaps in practice this week, with No. 3 QB David Garrard getting the rest.

Leftwich has seen limited time in the Jaguars’ last two games. But he has impressive numbers, connecting on 11 of 13 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

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