Jaguars relatively healthy as camp begins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without only two key players because of injuries when they take the field for their first training camp practice Friday morning, but coach Gus Bradley isn’t sure how long linebacker Dekoda Watson and cornerback Alan Ball will be out.

Watson (groin) and Ball (ankle) are the only players the team placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Watson’s injury is the more serious because he was forced to undergo a second surgery in June after he wasn’t healing as quickly as hoped.

“We hope to bring Dekoda back at some point during camp to get him ready for Week 1,” Bradley said. “It is really progressing well right now. It’s something that came up. It didn’t progress as well as we had hoped [after the first surgery]. We took care of it, and now we just have to wait a couple more weeks.”

Watson, whom the team signed as a free agent to man the newly-created Otto linebacker position, had the first surgery in March.

Bradley said the timetable for Ball’s return “shouldn’t be too extended, but we’ll see how it goes.”

Other injury news on the eve of camp:

  • Bradley said safety Josh Evans, who missed all of OTAs and minicamp after undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur in his foot, will be limited at the beginning of camp.

  • Six of the seven receivers who missed all or parts of OTAs and minicamp have been cleared, Bradley said: Cecil Shorts (calf), Marqise Lee (ankle), Allen Robinson (hamstring), Tandon Doss (calf), Mike Brown (groin) and Lamaar Thomas (knee). Ace Sanders, who was out with a thigh injury, is taking a leave of absence to deal with personal issues related to a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

  • Reserve linebacker John Lotulelei showed up with an injured hamstring and the Jaguars placed him on the active/non-football injury list.