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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
RTC: Consider sitting five

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --It appears the Jaguars are going to shut down receiver Cecil Shorts for the final two games because of a groin injury, but there are four other players the team should consider sitting, too.

The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran writes that running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring), safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh), linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) and defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) have dealt with injuries throughout the season and would benefit from not playing again this year.

Shorts, Cyprien and Jones-Drew did not play in the Jaguars' 27-20 loss to Buffalo this past Sunday. Hayes left the game after re-aggravating his knee injury. Miller has played through his shoulder injury all season.

"If they're healthy enough to play, those guys want to play and do everything they can to help the team win," linebacker Paul Posluszny said.

Coach Gus Bradley said he and general manager David Caldwell will meet with Shorts in the next day or so and make a final determination on his status.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars content from around the Web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper give their thoughts on the Jaguars' loss to the Bills.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes that offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, who suffered a broken right ankle against St. Louis in Week 5, is going to help guard Mike Brewster in his recovery from the fractured left ankle he suffered against the Bills.

The Jaguars currently have the No. 4 draft pick. It's a good spot.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater says he's undecided about whether he'll enter the NFL draft and will make a decision after the Cardinals' bowl game.

The T-U's Vito Stellino sat down with Hayes for a Q&A.