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Practice quotes: Friday


After Friday's practice coach Gary Kubiak gave the media an injury update for the team and talked about how the defense will approach Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

Head coach Gary Kubiak

(on if there is anything new today) "No. Ahman (Green) practiced more today. We'll make a game time decision on him, but he looks like he's pretty close. Travis (Johnson) is fine. So the biggest one is (Mark) Bruener, which we knew was going to be out. It looks like (Brandon) Harrison will definitely be out."

(on if RB Ahman Green can go will he get any work in the game) "He would have to really come out of today and tomorrow just feeling perfect. Steve's (Slaton) ready to go. Steve's (Slaton) the starter. Chris (Taylor) is ready to go. It's a question whether or not we will suit him up as a third back."

(on if DT Travis Johnson is back in the lineup) "No. Jeff (Zgonina) will start. Jeff will start and we'll work Travis (Johnson) out before the game to see if we think he's ready to go, but he has practiced all week, so he should be ready."

(on what the key to not letting the Jaguars beat you with the run game) "I saw Indy playing an eight-man front. So I think the biggest thing with these two guys (Jaguars RBs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew), you better tackle. Because even if you're in an eight-man front and you look like you have them stuffed - you go back and watch the Indy game, they had a lot of big plays where you think they are down. They are back there in a pile or something and they come spitting out and make a big run, and one of those was exactly like that against us. So you can say you play an eight-man front and you're going to stop the run, that doesn't mean you're going to stop the run. I mean, they are still going to run the ball. They can attack an eight-man front. You're going to have to tackle well."

(on why they have had tackling issues) "Well, I thought we improved them from Week 1 to 2, but they still had a lot to do with us not keeping Tennessee pinned up last week. There are good players in this league. Sometimes you're going to miss a tackle or two; they're good athletes. But the thing you have to do is look at yourself and expect to make all those plays. And if you do expect to make them, then you're going to make your share."

(on if he is worried about Jaguars QB David Garrard running with the ball) "Yeah, he's a problem because if you lock up in the secondary and he starts moving around and making a big play - the quarterback draw, those types of things, like he did against Pittsburgh last year. He's a big-time threat and he's turned into a heck of a player in a very short period of time. They are a very difficult offense to defense."

(on if stopping the run is more important against the Jaguars than it is against other teams) "Well, I think it could be. I don't know how they're going to attack us or what they're going to do. But I do know against them if you don't find a way to stop it, then you're not going to touch the ball much. I think, what was it last week? They had the ball for 40 minutes. If you have the ball for 40 minutes in this league, you're going to win. So, I would think it would be very important."

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