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Jaguars to start Glennon at QB against Bears


The Bears will see a familiar face this weekend in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars announced Saturday that Mike Glennon will start at quarterback against his former team Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

Glennon spent the 2017 season with the Bears, starting the first four games and completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 833 yards with four touchdowns, five interceptions and a 76.9 passer rating.

On Wednesday, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said that Glennon and Gardner Minshew were competing in practice for the starting spot against the Bears.

"We told both players, Mike and Gardner, we're going to split the reps and see how practice goes," Marrone said. "We're doing that in a couple different [positions]. They're not the only position. We're looking at some other players and saying, 'Hey, whoever has the best week of practice [will start],' and make sure we get the right guy out there that can do the game plans that we need to win. We have a competition going on and we'll see who does well."

Minshew started the Jaguars' first seven games this season before being sidelined by a thumb injury. Jake Luton initially replaced Minshew, but the rookie sixth-round pick struggled in three starts and was benched in favor of Glennon. In three starts, Glennon completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 600 yards with three TDs, three interceptions and a 75.4 passer rating.

Minshew returned to start last Sunday against the Ravens, passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-14 loss in Baltimore. This season Minshew has connected on 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards with 16 TDs and five interceptions. His 95.9 passer rating would be the highest in NFL history by a quarterback with one or fewer wins in a season and a minimum of eight starts since at least 1950.

Robinson out: The Jaguars on Saturday also downgraded running back James Robinson from questionable to out of Sunday's game due to an ankle injury that forced him to sit out practice all week.

Robinson ranks third in the NFL in rushing behind the Titans' Derrick Henry and the Vikings' Cook with 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns on 240 carries. The Rockford native and Illinois State product is just the fourth undrafted rookie to rush for at least 1,000 yards in NFL history.

Injury update: The Bears on Saturday downgraded tight end Demetrius Harris from doubtful to out of Sunday's game due to a foot injury.

Roster addition: With defensive backs Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) and Buster Skrine (concussion) both ruled out of Sunday's game, the Bears activated cornerback Xavier Crawford from the practice squad Saturday for the second straight week.

In last Sunday's win over the Vikings, Crawford played 10 snaps on special teams.

Crawford was selected by the Texans in the sixth round of the 2019 draft out of Central Michigan. He appeared in four games with the Texans and one with the Dolphins last year, recording two tackles.