Updated: October 7, 2003, 3:03 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Jacksonville Jaguars: Coach Jack Del Rio hasn't clarified which quarterback will start for the team on Sunday because he's still waiting to hear an official update from the doctors this week about the status of QB Mark Brunell. "I know he's on schedule for the stitches to come out early this week if they're not out already," Del Rio told the Florida Union-Tribune. "He's definitely on the way to recovery." But even a healthy Brunell is unlikely to unseat Byron Leftwich as the No. 1 guy. Leftwich threw for 336 yards last week and displayed an instant chemistry with WR Jimmy Smith. When it was noted that Leftwich had yet to be officially the starter for Sunday's Miami game. Del Rio said, "Realistically, I thought Byron did a nice job. We will see. We haven't met as a staff and determined that." New England Patriots: With RBs Mike Cloud and Antowain Smith's performance in Sunday's win over Tennessee, is coach Bill Belichick any closer to picking out one man to get the bulk of the carries in the future? No. At least not yet. When asked who would start between Cloud, Smith and a healthy Kevin Faulk, Belichick was non-committal. "Let's see," he told the Providence Journal. "When (they're all healthy), if that player emerges, great. I'm all for it. Sign me up. But when we have everybody out there and nobody on the injury list, then we'll figure that out then. Meantime, we manage what we have." Belichick isn't in a rush to tag one guy as the workhorse because the Pats have rushed for more than 100 yards as a team four times in five games. "Whoever's carrying the ball, we've seen all three be productive," Belichick said. "I know that Kevin and Antowain can (be productive), and it looks like Mike can, too. If we can maintain that consistency, great. I'm all for it."
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