With their team getting blown out again at home, Jacksonville Jaguars fans started cheering for the referee Sunday against Detroit.
Yep, the ref.
Every time Gene Steratore announced that Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff had reported as an eligible receiver, fans roared with enthusiasm. Sure, they were mocking Steratore's repetitive and seemingly endless updates, but it's hard to blame fans for glomming a laugh after watching Jacksonville struggle this season.
The Jaguars (1-7) are 0-4 at EverBank Field and have been outscored 126-34 by Houston, Cincinnati, Chicago and Detroit. The latest debacle was a 31-14 loss in which Jacksonville trailed 14-0 before getting a first down and was behind 24-0 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars get a chance for a better home performance Thursday against Indianapolis (5-3) however they will be without running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
Coach Mike Mularkey ruled Jones-Drew out Monday, no surprise since he's still wearing a walking boot on his sprained left foot and using a push cart to get around the facility.
Jones-Drew has missed the last two games, both after injuring his foot on the first play against Oakland on Oct. 21. Rashad Jennings will continue to start in Jones-Drew's place.
Mularkey says Jones-Drew's injury doesn't appear to be season ending. He says "every game that he stands on that sideline, he gets healed a little more just because he wants to play."
But the coach says Jones-Drew also is questionable to play Nov. 18 at Houston.
In other moves, the team re-signed guard Steve Vallos and waived running back Keith Toston.
The team also signed rookie linebacker Brandon Marshall to the practice squad.
Vallos signed with the Jaguars on Oct. 30 and was released Saturday. He has played in 42 games with eight starts.
A seventh-round draft pick by Seattle in 2007, Vallos spent three seasons there and then two in Cleveland (2010-11). He signed with Philadelphia during training camp and played in two games before getting released.
Marshall, a fifth-round draft pick, spent the first seven weeks on Jacksonville's roster before getting waived Oct. 27. He played in four games and recorded two special teams tackles