Not all the news from the Jacksonville Jaguars practice facility was bad on Monday. But the news that was bad may have an impact on the remainder of the season. With a 4-10 record on the season and two games to play, Cecil Shorts, the team’s leading receiver, may be shut down for the rest of the year.
According to Jaguars.com, the decision has not been made, but Shorts and team officials may be leaning that way as the week progresses.
Shorts, the Jaguars’ leading receiver this season, missed Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills with a groin injury that bothered him much of the season and grew worse after he played on three days’ rest against Houston on Thursday, December 5.
Does the loss of Shorts, after the Jaguars lost Justin Blackmon after week eight, mean the Jaguars season is finished? Not necessarily. The team lost 27-20 to the Bills without Shorts and Maurice Jones-Drew in the lineup. Quarterback Chad Henne used other weapons like Jordan Todman, Marcedes Lewis and Ace Sanders to his advantage.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he, Shorts and General Manager David Caldwell will discuss the situation Monday afternoon or Tuesday. Shorts said he didn’t want to discuss details publicly until that conversation.
“I think we have more concern with the injury now,” Bradley said. “That’s what Dave and I and Cecil will talk about. We’re starting to figure out he’s such a strong competitor that he wants to play and he wants to do it, but I think the longer we’re around him you can sense maybe when it’s really bothering him. I think he’s at that point right now.”
Shorts has caught 66 passes for 777 yards and three touchdowns this season, and caught a touchdown pass in each of the last two games before Sunday.
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Maurice Jones-Drew did not play on Sunday in the loss at home, but there was encouragement from Monday that the team’s leading rusher could see the field in the team’s final home game.
Right now, the team is taking a “wait and see” approach to MJD, who suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s win over Houston 11 days ago.
On Jaguars.com, Bradley said more should be known about Jones-Drew’s status later in the week.
“We’ll wait and see where he is Wednesday,” Bradley said Monday, a day after the Jaguars’ 27-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field on Sunday afternoon.
This is the final year of Jones-Drew’s contract. He has been battling injuries since the sixth game of last season.