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Jaguars lose QB Leftwich to a broken ankle in victory

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005


TEMPE, Ariz. - The Jaguars became a playoff contender with young Byron Leftwich at quarterback. For at least the next month, they will try to persevere without him.

The third-year player broke a bone in his left ankle when he was sacked by Adrian Wilson on his first play of the game, but the Jaguars still won their fourth straight.

Derrick Wimbush returned a kick 91 yards for a touchdown, backup quarterback David Garrard ran 16 yards for a score and Greg Jones had a 25-yard touchdown run for Jacksonville.

Leftwich stayed in for four more plays after being sacked before being carted to the locker room for X-rays.

"He's got a crack in the ankle," coach Jack Del Rio said. "The best-case scenario is about a month out, depending on how quickly he heals, and it could be worse. We just won't know until we see how the injury heals."

Arizona's Kurt Warner hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 5-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 24-17 with 2:56 left.

An onside kick try failed, but Jacksonville couldn't move the ball and Arizona took over on its 20 with 1:52 to play. Arizona drove to the Jaguars 36, but Warner was hit from behind by Akin Ayodele, fumbled and Jacksonville's Rob Meier recovered.

Garrard finished Jacksonville's 10-play, 67-yard opening drive, running 16 yards on a bootleg to make it 7-0.

NOTABLE: Neil Rackers' string of 31 consecutive field goals, tied for third-longest in league history, ended on the first series of the windy afternoon when his 43-yarder was wide left.