Ace Sanders, Mike Brown return to field

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars got a little more help at receiver on Thursday.

Ace Sanders and Mike Brown, who were among the team's top seven receivers sitting out organized team activities because of injuries, returned to the practice field for the first time in a week. While Sanders and Brown were glad to be back, an even happier person was quarterback Chad Henne.

"Yeah, it was nice," Henne said. "I’m sure the other guys were happy, too, to get a little break out there.

"It is a big deal [to get those players back]. I think if we had most of our guys out here it would definitely be beneficial, beneficial for the quarterbacks, for them to learn the offense as well, see different coverages and route adjustments. It would definitely be beneficial for them to be out there.”

Sanders (hamstring) and Brown (groin) will be fine for next week's three-day mandatory minicamp. Cecil Shorts (calf) was held out this week as a precaution, but should be back on the field as well.

The status of the other four injured receivers -- Allen Robinson (hamstring), Marqise Lee (ankle), Lamar Thomas (knee) and Tandon Doss (calf) -- won't be known until next week.