The Jaguars will be without a punter for their matchup with the Ravens this afternoon. As Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets, Jacksonville’s regular punter, Logan Cooke, has been ruled out due to an illness, and kicker Aldrick Rosas is likely to handle punting duties.
The Jags do not have another punter on their practice squad, so there is no option to call someone up in Cooke’s absence. Plus, as Cooke also serves as the club’s holder for field goal and extra point attempts, Jacksonville will need to have another player assume those responsibilities.
The 1-12 Jaguars are neck-and-neck with the 0-13 Jets in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, and Jacksonville is already a heavy underdog to Baltimore. Although it would be wrong to wish an illness on anyone, Jags fans are probably happy for any development that will better their chances of landing Lawrence.
The Jags will be helmed by Gardner Minshew, who was renamed the starting QB earlier this week. Minshew doubtlessly gives Jacksonville the best chance to win, which may or may not be a good thing for the club’s long-term future.
It’s unclear if Cooke’s illness is in any way related to COVID-19.