The Jaguars Cecil Shorts might be listed as “questionable” by head coach Gus Bradley, but the team’s leading receiver seems to think he will be ready for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
“Shorts, whose status for Sunday has been in doubt all week because of a sprained SC (shoulder) joint, worked on a limited basis Friday as the Jaguars went through their last full practice preparing to play San Diego Sunday in Jacksonville,” said Jaguars.com senior writer, John Oehser. “Shorts said after practice he thinks he’ll play against the Chargers.”
If the injury to Shorts allows him to play and Marcedes Lewis remains on the field for more than a play, it will be a major strength for the team - where playing with a full slate of pass catchers could help stretch the Chargers secondary all afternoon long. The team announced that rookie receiver and punt returner Ace Sanders was ruled out of the game because of a concussion.
“But I’m doing everything I can to get on that field – so, yeah, I’ll be out there Sunday,” Shorts said on Friday.”
It was also announced on Friday that wide receiver Stephen Burton (concussion), defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (hamstring).
Although receiver Justin Blackmon did not practice Friday, but Bradley said he expects Blackmon – who has 19 receptions for 326 yards and a touchdown in two games this season – to play on Sunday.
The team could welcome back Dwayne Gratz to the starting lineup in the secondary after being out the last three weeks with a high ankle sprain and fellow rookie defensive back Johnathan Cyprien is listed as questionable with a calf injury, but he is expected to play.
Shorts and Cyprien could be a game-time decision from the coaching staff.
The Jaguars cannot afford for their back line to be weakened by any more injuries. The passing game of San Diego with Philip Rivers tossing the ball around the field, could prove to be a problem for the rookies and youngsters who will be asked to cover Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen. And of course, there is always tight end Antonio Gates, who provides a safety blanket for Rivers to move the chains.
The receiving unit is not the only part of the offense Jacksonville will have to deal with. Ryan Mathews and Ronniw Brown are a potent 1-2 combination from the tailback slot as well and will look to have another 100-yard game like it did earlier this week against the Colts.