JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars got good news Tuesday night when it was announced that running back Chris Ivory had been released from a local hospital.
Ivory was admitted to the facility early Sunday morning with what team officials called "a non-football medical issue".
Without Ivory, the Jaguars' running game was one-dimensional, with T.J. Yeldon carrying the load and not being very successful. Yeldon gained just 39 yards on 21 carries, with his best effort being a 7-yard run. He was able to score once, on a 5-yard carry. Backup Denard Robinson had three carries for seven yards.
Without Ivory, the Jaguars lose the 1-2 running punch that proved to be successful during the preseason. The two players were listed as co-starters on the depth chart and had seen equal action in the three preseason games they played in.
It remains to be seen whether Ivory can play on Sunday because no one will reveal exactly how serious the "medical issue" is that placed him in the hospital. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley wasn't ready to say whether Ivory can play on Sunday.
"Without talking to our trainers, I'm not sure," Bradley said. "I'm sure it's questionable. He just got out. Let's see how he does and how he feels. We'll see after I talk to him more."
The Jaguars need a solid running game to take pressure off Blake Bortles to produce a 300-yard effort like he did last Sunday against Green Bay. Bortles is certainly capable of such; he did it half a dozen times in 2015 in his first full season as the team's starting quarterback.
It's just with an efficient running attack, it opens up the passing game. Yeldon is a quality back, as evidenced by his 740 rushing yards in 13 games last year before an injury sidelined him for the final three contests and took away his opportunity to possibly hit the 1,000-yard mark.
The Jaguars have indicated they would like a 50-50 run-pass split on offense. But against Green Bay, Bortles dropped back to pass 44 times while the Jaguars ran it just 24.
Jacksonville should score points against the Chargers, who don't have the strongest defense in the league. But can the Jaguars contain Philip Rivers and the machine-like offense that he runs? In the six games Rivers has played against the Jaguars, the Chargers have averaged just over 30 points a game; they have topped that number in four games, including four of the last five.
Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash has been with the team for the last three meetings between the two teams and knows the tough task the defense will face on Sunday.
"I think we have a good idea with (San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken) Whisenhunt from when he was at Tennessee," Wash said. "We are not just watching San Diego stuff. We are watching everything that Whiz has done. He is a heck of a coordinator. There are some things that we know have hurt us in the past and we have to be able to try to address those."
The Jaguars played well in their season-opening loss to Green Bay, a perennial playoff team with seven consecutive postseason trips. Jacksonville wasn't ready to accept any moral victories for staying close to the Packers and having a chance to win the game in the final 30 seconds. But there is a belief that they need to beat San Diego to show that last week's effort was not a one-week exemplary performance.
The first thing they'll need to overcome is the dark shadow that has accompanied the team on trips to the West Coast, a place where they haven't won since 2004 (Oakland, 13-6). Jacksonville is 2-10 in Seattle and California, indicating a persistent problem of traveling to the West Coast.