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Jaguars could be without six starters vs. Patriots

Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Brandon Linder (65) during the first quarter of the preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 14, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Brandon Linder (65) during the first quarter of the preseason game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without as many as six starters and two backups at New England on Sunday.

Three starters -- left tackle Luke Joeckel (ankle), guard Brandon Linder (shoulder) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf) -- will be game-day decisions. Coach Gus Bradley says all three will be re-evaluated after Sunday morning warmups. They were listed as questionable on the injury report Friday.

Two starters, defensive end Andre Branch (knee) and tight end Julius Thomas (hand), were ruled out. So was backup cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle).

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Fellow running back Toby Gerhart practiced in full for the first time in more than a month Thursday and was listed as probable.