Jaguars rule out Chark for Thursday night game vs Dolphins

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. plays against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars receiver DJ Chark won't play Thursday night against Miami.

The team downgraded Chark from questionable to out a little more than six hours before kickoff. Chark injured his chest and back making a 45-yard catch in the first quarter of last Sunday's loss at Tennessee.

The Jaguars (1-1) chose not to risk Chark on a short week, but expect him to be good to go for next week's game at Cincinnati.

Chark has seven receptions for a team-leading 109 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging a team-best 15.6 yards a catch. Without him, Jacksonville will rely on Chris Conley, Keelan Cole and rookie Laviska Shenault against the Dolphins, who are without their No. 1 cornerback in Byron Jones.

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