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Del Rio must being to look to the future

Mark Brunell is still the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coach
Jack Del Rio has stated that, despite a gash on Brunell's throwing shoulder
that required five stitches. However, Del Rio did say that Brunell would
only huddle up Sunday in Houston if he's healthy.

Brunell will be checked out Wednesday to see if the swelling has gone down,
and Del Rio reserved the right to make a call on his starter right before
gametime. Such a proclamation leaves Del Rio a little wiggle room in case
he decides that it's time for the team to transition to Byron Leftwich, the
quarterback of the future.

Brunell is a gamer, as he once again showed by trying to play through the
pain, but there is no better time to bring in Leftwich. At 0-3, the Jags
postseason hopes are disappearing faster than Jerry Rice's hair. Plus, the
next two opponents are the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers, who
have one win between them.