Jaguars Shorts bummed by hamstring injury
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NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - INSIDE SLANT
Cecil Shorts sat in front of his locker, staring mostly at the floor, answering questions with short answers in a soft voice said it all.
Shorts learned that he would be sidelined for two weeks, which would take him out of the first preseason game and quite possibly the second.
The Jaguars labeled the injury tightness in his hamstring and Shorts is hoping that is the full extent of it. Needless to say, it wasn't the start to what Shorts is anticipating to be a breakout season.
The fourth-year wide receiver will finish out his rookie contract that he signed with the Jaguars who selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Shorts played in 10 games as a rookie, but has elevated himself into the team's No. 1 receiver role now that Justin Blackmon is no longer on the active roster. Shorts was second in receptions to Blackmon the following year, then led the Jaguars in catches (66) and yards (777) a year ago. With Blackmon not in the picture, this had the makings of a banner year for Shorts.
When the announcement came last weekend that Shorts would be out for two weeks, "here we go again" was a common refrain from Jaguars fans. Injuries have been a part of Shorts' short history in the NFL. He closed out the last two seasons on injured reserve due to a concussion (2012) and a groin injury (2013).
He missed five games the past two seasons because of those injuries and played in just 22 games.
"I can't catch a break right now," Shorts said. "We just sat down and got a plan about how we're going to attack it. We're not going to rush it. It's going to take some time to heal. I was surprised when they said two weeks. I wasn't expecting to hear that."
The receiver spot was already a concern for the Jaguars, even with a healthy Shorts.
Blackmon's arrest a week ago for marijuana sealed his fate for the 2014 season and likely professional career.
Jacksonville's second-leading receiver a year ago was rookie Ace Sanders with 51 catches for 484 yards. But Sanders is out for the first four games following his suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy.
With Sanders not practicing with the team (his choice) and Shorts out, it leaves the Jaguars with a starting combo coming from Mike Brown (32 for 446 last year), Kerry Taylor (19 for 189) and a pair of second-round draft picks from May's draft in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. That's hardly a group to make an opposing secondary quiver.
NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - NOTES, QUOTES
--Roy Miller is feeling good, better than he has felt for nearly a year. A year ago the defensive tackle signed a free agent contract with Jacksonville who envisioned the 310-pounder to help with the Jaguars woeful defense against the run.
But Miller, a six-year veteran at age 27 who was drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round in 2009, first endured a battle with tendinitis in his knee, and then he tore his labrum in the fourth game of the season.
He hung in for 10 more games, playing virtually with one are the rest of the season. Finally with two weeks left in the season and the Jaguars realizing that it wasn't getting any better, Miller was placed on the injured reserve list.
In January he underwent surgery to repair the labrum. That forced him to miss offseason drills. And even now, the Jaguars are bringing him along slowly, giving him occasional days off so as not to bring about any re-occurrence with the shoulder area. Being the competitor that he is, Miller wasn't thrilled to be taking even more time off.
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