Couch shows sympathy

Posted Oct 3, 2001

Quarterback Tim Couch expressed some sympathy for Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, who suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet block by Gerard Warren.

“I can understand the thing with the hit by Gerard,” Couch said. “If someone hit me like that, I’m sure our guys would be upset and saying whatever. But that’s part of football. Every time I throw an interception or the ball goes on the ground, I turn and start looking for somebody because defensive guys are taught that the quarterback is kind of the last line of defense after a turnover, and you have to go get a block on him.”

Couch was the target of what seemed to be retaliatory action by Jaguars linebacker Kevin Hardy. After Couch scrambled 6 yards for a first down in the second quarter, Hardy kicked Couch’s right hand. Couch called a timeout and had the hand looked at by the team’s medical staff.

“I don’t think it was intentional,” Couch said. “I think he was upset and was kind of like kicking at the ground.”

Asked if Hardy could have missed his hand, Couch said, “He definitely could have avoided it. He could have stepped over it real easily.”

Forget about seeing Courtney Brown on the practice field against San Diego. Brown watched practice for the first time since he sprained his right knee Aug. 31, but he’s been scratched from the lineup

Linebacker Anthony Denman (quadricep) is doubtful. Defensive tackle Marcus Spriggs (forearm) is questionable, and running back James Jackson (ribs) is probable. Jackson practiced with a protective device, and he expects to play on Sunday.

Don’t expect Butch Davis to retool the composition of the offensive line in the aftermath of Tre Johnson’ season-ending injury. Jeremy McKinney and Brad Bedell are sharing time at right guard, with McKinney getting 60 percent of the snaps. McKinney will likely start on Sunday.

“Once you find five guys, regardless of what positions they’re playing, if you give them enough practice time and game situations, they’re going to get better,” Davis said. “I know the more you move them around and make them uncomfortable, you really slow down their progress.”

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