Cecil Shorts Injury: Updates on Jaguars WR's Shoulder
The Jacksonville Jaguars had a tough enough test going against the Denver Broncos in Week 6, but now they may be without their talented wide receiver Cecil Shorts.
Shorts went down in the first quarter of the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. The official Twitter account for the Jaguars reported that the injury was a shoulder strain, and that he was questionable to return.
Cecil Shorts has a shoulder sprain and his return is questionable.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) October 13, 2013
Shorts was then ruled out for the remainder of the game vs. the Broncos:
Cecil Shorts has been downgraded to out. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) October 13, 2013
After the game Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union provided an update on his status:
Shorts has his right arm in a sling and #Jaguars say he isn't in condition to talk to reporters because of medication.— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) October 13, 2013
Shorts said he planned to play in Week 7 and is active.
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Jaguars are expecting both WRs, Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, to play today vs. Chargers.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2013
From Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union:
Gus said Shorts and Blackmon questionable.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 18, 2013
From John Oesher of Jaguars.com:
Looked like Cecil Shorts III practicing with a helmet, while Blackmon not practicing. Sanders and Burton working on side, but no practice.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) October 18, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15
John Oehser of Jaguars.com confirms Cecil Shorts still has a chance to play in Week 7 and passed along a statement from Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley:
Shorts, who did not return after sustaining a sprained sternoclavicular joint – a joint near the clavicle and rib area – on the third play of a loss in Denver Sunday, hasn’t been ruled out of the team’s game this weekend against San Diego, Bradley said Monday.
“He could play,” Bradley said Monday, a day after the Jaguars’ 35-19 loss to the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo.
“He’s sore now, so we’ll know more in a couple of days,” Bradley added. “The good news is the joint is stable.”
Oehser continued with a statement from Shorts:
“I’m not a sling guy,” Shorts said. “I’m not going to walk around looking handicapped when I’m not handicapped. (Jaguars running back) Maurice Jones-Drew always talks about being a pain freak, and I kind of like the pain. I’m not going to be walking around being slinged up.”
“I’m going to do what I can, we’ll see what happens,” Shorts said. “My goal is to get out there and play this week. If I can’t, I can’t. It’s just something that’s kind of hard to deal with that reality, but we’ll see what happens as the week goes on.”
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 14
From ESPN's Josina Anderson:
Source: There's concern that Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III could have a fractured rib closer towards the sternum. Shorts was very tender in that region. I was told his lung field obscured the film a bit. There was discussion of Shorts III having a CT Scan Monday morning to derive a more definitive answer thereafter.
Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union followed:
Shorts wouldn't say how serious injury is but said its AC joint under clavicle and not a shoulder injury. #jaguars— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 14, 2013
Shorts on playing Sunday: "I’m going to do what I can, we’ll see what happens. My goal is to get out there and play this week." #Jaguars— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) October 14, 2013
For as bad as the Jaguars have been on offense, Shorts has been one of their most productive players. He had 31 receptions for 411 yards and a touchdown heading into Week 6, and he led the Jaguars in receptions and yards. In fact, Shorts was one of just three players with a receiving touchdown.
The Jaguars were hoping that their offense could get going with Justin Blackmon returning to the lineup to play alongside Shorts, but with this injury, they might be in trouble once again.
Jacksonville's offense has struggled all year long, ranking 28th in the league in passing prior to the matchup with Denver. If Shorts were to miss time, things will only get worse for the Jags, as difficult as that might be to believe.
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