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Cecil Shorts Injury: Updates on Jaguars Star's Hamstring and Return
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Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reported on Cecil Shorts from practice:

John Oehser of Jaguars.com shared more from Gus Bradley on Shorts and his status from Thursday's practice:

 

 

Updates from Monday, Sept. 15

Cecil Shorts spoke about his recovery and potential return to the practice field (via Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times Union):

 

Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times Union provides an update on Cecil Shorts' status:

 

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Michael DiRocco of ESPN and John Oehser of The O-Zone passed along comments from Gus Bradley on Cecil Shorts' health:

Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch also commented on Shorts (via Eugene Frenette):

 

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union provides an update on Cecil Shorts' status:

 

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Mark Long of The Associated Press passed along comments from Gus Bradley on Cecil Shorts and his projected involvement for Jacksonville's preseason game vs. Detroit:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19

The Jaguars passed along comments from offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch on Cecil Shorts' return to the offense:

 

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 17 

John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports Cecil Shorts' status for today's practice:

Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union later provided a statement from Shorts:

It felt good to be back out there with the guys. I’m definitely rusty. So I’ve got to continue to work and to not get frustrated. I understand this is really my first practice since April.

It felt good [on the swing pass]. Then after that, it was just downhill. Rusty, rusty, rusty, but I’ll be fine.

I’ve got some work to do. It’s different in pads, in a helmet, running around against a defense. As time goes on and I get more reps, everything will be fine. The goal is to be 100 percent by Week 1.

[...]

I was a little nervous on a couple of things, a couple of plants. But I planted hard and it felt good, so it was a confidence boost.

Carlyon continued with a statement from Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley:

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley expects Shorts to start against the Lions if he doesn’t endure any setbacks this week.

'He’ll probably start off right away, depending on how this week goes,' Bradley said.

 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports Cecil Shorts' status for today's practice:

 

Updates from Friday, Aug. 8

Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union has the latest on Shorts:

 Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan isn't fond of the idea of Cecil Shorts resting his injured hamstring until Week 1.

Shorts suffered a strain in his hamstring during the first practice of training camp on July 26. The initial prognosis was that Shorts would miss at least two weeks. He missed most of the offseason program with a calf strain.

[...]

There's still roughly a month left until the Jaguars open the season at Philadelphia on Sept. 7. Sullivan, in his 42nd year of coaching, is hopeful Shorts will be able to return to practice well before that date. He used an analogy from Jaguars coach Gus Bradley to make his point.

"I don't care if you play 10 years, you still need work," Sullivan said. "I don't care who you are or how long you've played. Because you've been there, it helps you, but it's not the same. It's kind of like Gus says, 'You can't learn how to swim by reading a book. You have to get in the water.'"

 

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union provides a statement from Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan discussing Cecil Shorts' injury status:

 

Original Text

The Jacksonville Jaguars lack playmakers at the wide receiver position, so any injury is going to be alarming. The panic is magnified when it involves Cecil Shorts, who is the team's best outside weapon. 

According to head coach Gus Bradley, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, Shorts suffered a hamstring injury during practice on Saturday:

Shorts' stature on Jacksonville's roster has grown exponentially during his three years with the team. He entered the league without a lot of hype as a fourth-round pick in 2011 yet has turned into one of the few reliable options on the team.

Playing in an offense that has had an unstable quarterback situation, Shorts has registered 121 receptions for 1,756 yards and 10 touchdowns since the start of 2012. 

Blaine Gabbert was the Jaguars' first pick the year Shorts was drafted, while Justin Blackmon was taken fifth overall in 2012. Gabbert was traded to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick in 2014, though he looks like an all-pro compared to Blackmon. 

The troubled receiver was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in November 2013 and was recently arrested for marijuana possession, per a report from Oklahoma's News on 6

Second-year receiver Ace Sanders is facing a four-game suspension and took a leave of absence from the team due to "personal issues," according to a report from J.P. Shadrick of Jaguars.com

If Shorts has to miss any regular-season games, the Jaguars will enter the year with a rookie, Marqise Lee, as their top receiver. 

With Blackmon's NFL future practically nonexistent, Shorts has stepped up and appears to be Jacksonville's No. 1 wide receiver. His presence is going to be vital for the development of rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, so losing "several weeks" of practice time is going to throw everyone's timing and development off. 

 

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