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Jaguars' Mincey expected to play Thursday

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Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday that defensive end Jeremy Mincey's punishment for missing a team meeting will likely come to an end this week.

Mincey will probably play Thursday night when the Jaguars host the Houston Texans.

Mincey, who missed a team meeting when he overslept on Nov. 23, has not played since Nov. 17. He has missed the last two games as punishment.

"Unless something unforeseen happens, he will be active," Bradley said.

After Mincey missed a meeting the day before the Jaguars' game against the host Texans, Bradley chose to leave him behind when the team traveled to Houston later that day. He was fined and also missed last Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, though he did make the trip.

"The first week he stayed home and I wanted him to think about it," Bradley said. "This week I wanted him to be on the field on our sideline and think about it. I wanted him to see and demonstrate to me and our team while on the sideline that even though he wasn't active that he was involved.

"He did those things. Sure, we're not there yet but it was progress being made."

Mincey has 13 tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss, and three quarterback pressures in seven games. He missed three games with a concussion.
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