Jaguars will be without Toby Gerhart in preseason opener

AP

The Jaguars want to give the ball to Toby Gerhart a ton this season, but they’re willing to wait.

According to Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars are going to sit their new running back Friday because of a hip flexor injury.

He’s not going to play on Friday,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. “He’s made great progress, but we felt like at this point in time for the number of carries he’s going to get, we’d rather have the recovery time. . . .

“It’s the first preseason game. I don’t know how many carries he would’ve got. It would’ve been nice to get him four or five to get him a feel. He’ll get more carries as we go.”

The Jaguars signed Gerhart to a three-year, $10.5 million contract this offseason. The idea was to funnel the ball to Adrian Peterson’s former backup in Minnesota, finally giving him the chance to be a lead back.

But since he’s missed the last five practices, they’re going to give him time now, in hopes he’ll be ready for the workload later.