Jacksonville Jaguars: NFL Injury Wire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Running back Toby Gerhart is the only player who is expected to miss Sunday's game against Cleveland because of injury.

Cornerback Alan Ball (ankle), defensive end Andre Branch (groin) and tight end Clay Harbor (knee) are listed as probable on the Friday injury report, meaning they have a 75-percent chance of playing. Ball and Branch practiced fully on Friday, but Harbor was limited. He's a new addition to the injury report.

This will be the second week in which Gerhart has not played because of a right foot injury, which he originally suffered in the season opener against Philadelphia. He played through the injury the next four weeks but missed the Tennessee game last Sunday.

Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson split first-team running back reps this week as they did during practice last week. Johnson ended up getting the start against the Titans and ran for 21 yards on 10 carries. Coach Gus Bradley did not name a starter for Sunday.

Updating the Jaguars' injuries

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An update on the Jaguars' injury situation ...

WR Cecil Shorts III (hamstring): He will try to run on Tuesday and that will determine his status for the rest of the week.

RB Toby Gerhart (ankle sprain): He'll probably be limited early in the week but is expected to play Sunday against Washington.

TE Marcedes Lewis (knee capsule): He'll probably be limited early in the week but expected to play Sunday against Washington.

LB Paul Posluszny (knee contusion): He should return to practice on Wednesday.

S Johnathan Cyprien (concussion): He is going through the NFL concussion protocol and his status will be updated throughout the week.

RB Storm Johnson (ankle): He could return to practice this week.

TE Clay Harbor (calf): He could return to practice this week.

Injured Jags on track for OTAs

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MOBILE, Ala. -- The Jaguars should be nearly completely healthy by the time OTAs begin in late April.

Coach Gus Bradley said offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (ankle), receiver Cecil Shorts (sports hernia), defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder), linebacker Geno Hayes (knee), running back Justin Forsett (foot), guard/center Mike Brewster (ankle) and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick (elbow) are progressing in their rehab and are on pace to return to the field when OTAs start on April 21.

"Luke Joeckel, I just saw him right before he left and he was walking around doing pretty good," Bradley said. "He’s working his tail off. Those guys are really going at it, so it’s great."

Joeckel said he’s eager to get back on the field because he got very little experience at left tackle before suffering a fractured bone in his ankle against St. Louis in Week 5. He had played right tackle the first four games before being switched to the other side – his natural position – after the Jaguars traded Eugene Monroe to Baltimore.

"I’m going to be excited about next year and hopefully being a left tackle again," Joeckel said. "I’m excited about being in my position and becoming better at that and blocking the guys I’m going to be blocking."

Joeckel did a solid job in the short time in which he was a left tackle. He didn't allow Robert Quinn, who finished with 19 sacks, or Chris Long to pressure quarterback Blaine Gabbert. That's a good start, but he'll essentially be a rookie again in 2014 since he spent so little time at left tackle. He'll be ahead of where he was physically, especially after a full offseason in an NFL weight program, but he'll still have to prove he can be a foundation piece on the offensive line.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars' lineup in the regular season finale on Sunday is going to look very little like it did in the season opener.

Depending on how some players respond to injuries this week, the Jaguars may only start nine players in Week 17’s game against Indianapolis that started against Kansas City in Week 1. All teams have to deal with injuries to key players throughout the season -- the Denver Broncos just lost linebacker Von Miller with a torn ACL -- but turning over more than half of the starting lineup in four months doesn’t happen on a regular basis.

The Jaguars (4-11) didn’t exactly have a deep roster to begin with, but they’ve somehow managed the through the personnel losses to win four games in the second half despite having to rely on some young, unproven players -- especially at linebacker and receiver.

"We really didn’t make that big of a deal about it, but what we did talk about was to really go in there and sometimes special stories take place with opportunities," coach Gus Bradley said. "We really taught our whole team the mindset you’ve got to have to go in there."

The results have been hit and miss, which is what you’d expect from those players. Good plays -- like receiver Kerry Taylor catching four passes for 45 yards against the Titans -- and bad, like Taylor dropping an easy reception that would have converted a first down against Buffalo.

"You’ve just got to do it all the time," Bradley said. "There’s going to be times when young guys get [out of position or make a mistake] but we just need to limit that. That’s what we’re seeing right now and that’s what happens sometimes with younger players especially if they’re getting their first opportunity."

Here’s a breakdown of the missing starters:

WR Justin Blackmon: Suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, played four games, and then was suspended indefinitely for violating it again.

WR Cecil Shorts*: Placed on IR on Dec. 17 with a groin injury.

LT Eugene Monroe*: Traded to Baltimore on Oct. 2.

LT Luke Joeckel* (started Week 1 at RT): Suffered a fractured ankle against St. Louis on Oct. 6.

G Will Rackley*: Placed on IR on Dec. 17 with a concussion.

LB Russell Allen*: Placed on IR on Dec. 18.

G Mike Brewster: He replaced Rackley in the lineup and suffered a fractured ankle against Buffalo on Dec. 15.

DT Brandon Deaderick: He was on the field for starting DT Roy Miller, who did not play against Tennessee on Sunday, and suffered a dislocated elbow.

Here’s a breakdown of other starters who may miss Sunday’s finale:

LB Geno Hayes*: He did not play last Sunday because of a knee injury. He likely won’t practice this week.

DT Roy Miller*: He has battled a shoulder injury all season and did not play last Sunday. He likely won’t practice this week.

CB Dwayne Gratz*: He suffered a high ankle sprain last Sunday and likely won’t practice this week.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew*: He fought through a hamstring injury and started against Tennessee last Sunday but will be limited this week.

LT Cameron Bradfield: He joined the starting lineup after Joeckel was injured and suffered a high ankle sprain last Sunday and will be limited in practice this week.

*Denotes started season opener.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew practiced on a limited basis on Friday, but whether he can play against Tennessee on Sunday depends on how his injured right hamstring responds the next two days.

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Coach Gus Bradley said Jones-Drew will be one of four starters who will be evaluated on Sunday morning before a final decision on their playing status is made.

"I feel better today [about Jones-Drew’s chances of playing]," Bradley said. "He took some actual reps, although the tempo was slowed down."

Jones-Drew is listed as questionable on the injury report, as is safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh), defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder), and linebacker Geno Hayes (knee). Miller and Hayes did not practice on Friday. Cyprien practiced on a limited basis.

Bradley also said the team will put reserve receiver Jeremy Ebert (ankle, knee) on injured reserve and will fill two vacant roster spots with players on the practice squad.

Shorts, Brewster have surgery

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts and guard Mike Brewster both had surgery over the last two days for their season-ending injuries.

Coach Gus Bradley said Shorts had sports hernia surgery Thursday morning and Brewster had surgery Wednesday to repair the fractured left ankle he suffered in last Sunday's 27-20 loss to Buffalo.

"I guess it turned out pretty good," Bradley said. "I'll find out more from [trainer] Mike [Ryan] but it's good that we got those guys taken care of as soon as possible."

In other injury news, safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh), running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) missed their second consecutive day of practice. Bradley said the plan remains for Jones-Drew to test his hamstring Friday.

Jags unsure of Jones-Drew, Cyprien

December, 18, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It won’t be until Friday -- or possibly later -- before the Jaguars will know whether running back Maurice Jones-Drew or safety Johnathan Cyprien will be able to play in Sunday’s game against Tennessee.

Both players missed last week’s game against Buffalo and the plan is for each to not practice this week and test their injuries on Friday. Jones-Drew has a hamstring injury and Cyprien has a thigh injury.

“Both are in good spirits,” Bradley said. “You can tell they’re going the right direction but just how fast we don’t know yet.”

Jordan Todman started for Jones-Drew against Buffalo and ran for 109 yards and caught four passes for 44 yards in the 27-20 loss. Winston Guy started for Cyprien and had a strip sack and six tackles.

In other injury news, the Jaguars placed linebacker Russell Allen on injured reserve with a concussion.

Linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) and defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) did not practice Monday. Defensive end Jason Babin, defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, and center Brad Meester were given a veteran’s day off.

Reserve receiver Jeremy Ebert, who has three catches for 18 yards, suffered an ankle injury during Monday’s practice and was taken from the practice field on a cart.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have six injured starters – not including receiver Cecil Shorts, who appears to be done for the season – whose status for Sunday’s game against Tennessee won’t be determined until later this week.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Linebacker Russell Allen and guard Will Rackley are in the NFL’s concussion protocol and are day to day. Jones-Drew and Cyprien did not play in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Buffalo.

Defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) and linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) will get at least one day off from practice this week to rest their chronic injuries but both should be available for Sunday.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It appears that receiver Cecil Shorts has played his last snap this season.

Coach Gus Bradley said Monday afternoon that he and general manager David Caldwell are considering shutting down the third-year receiver for the final two weeks of the season because of a groin injury that isn’t healing.

Bradley said the three will meet to discuss the situation and it will be a day or two before a final determination is made, but all indications are that Shorts’ season is done.

"I think we have more concern with the injury now, and that’s what Dave and I and Cecil will talk about," Bradley said. "When he talks to us as coaches and really what he’s feeling, I think we’re starting to figure out he’s such a strong competitor, he wants to play and he wants to do it, but I think the longer we’re around him you can sense maybe when it’s really bothering him, and I think he’s at that point right now."

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Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsCecil Shorts has battled a groin injury this season, and is expecting to have offseason surgery.
It’s clearly the right move. The Jaguars (4-10) aren’t in a playoff chase, and sitting Shorts will give the coaching staff a better chance to evaluate receivers Mike Brown, Ace Sanders, Jeremy Ebert, and Kerry Taylor. It also will give Shorts a head start on his recovery. He said last week that the injury would require offseason surgery, which he could have now instead of next month.

Shorts said he didn’t want to reveal too much about his condition or status, but admitted that not playing again this season is the wisest choice.

"We have an idea what we’re going to do," Shorts said. "I just don’t want to speak on it right now, but that’s probably the best thing for it, honestly."

Shorts has been battling a groin injury for much of the season, and has managed it by not practicing on Wednesdays and being limited on Thursdays. That schedule was thrown off when the Jaguars played Houston on Thursday, Dec. 5, and that wasn't sufficient time to rest his groin from the previous Sunday's game against Cleveland.

He practiced on a limited basis on Friday and said he knew then that he wouldn’t be able to play in Sunday’s game against Buffalo, which the Jaguars lost 27-20.

"It wasn’t good Friday," Shorts said. "I think I lasted four or five plays. I didn’t feel any power or explosiveness in there. It was very tough to do anything, and there was a lot of pain, a whole lot of pain."

Shorts leads the Jaguars in receptions (66) and receiving yards (777) but he’s not going to have a chance to reach the coveted 1,000-yard mark. He fell 21 yards shy last season. Not playing, though, is what’s bothering him the most, but he’s not going to dwell on that.

"It’s frustrating, but me being frustrated and down and everything is not going to change anything, so I might as well stay upbeat and just be there for the team however way I can," Shorts said. "If that’s competing on the sideline or whatever I have to do so I can stay in the game, that’s it. So it is frustrating, but you’re not going to see me down. Coach Gus talked to me last week about 'it’s okay to be frustrated, but you can’t be down about it. Eventually rise from it and get back positive,' and that’s what I’m trying to do, stay positive."

MJD says 50-50 chance for Sunday

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he has a 50-50 chance of playing in Sunday’s game against Buffalo because of a strained right hamstring.

He was one of two players listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. The other is safety Johnathan Cyprien, who hasn’t practiced the past two days because of a thigh injury.

"It doesn’t look real good for either of them right now," coach Gus Bradley said Friday afternoon.

Both will work out on Sunday morning to see if they’re able to play. If Jones-Drew can’t play, first-year back Jordan Todman would make the start in his place. If Cyprien can’t play, Winston Guy or Chris Prosinski would start at strong safety alongside Josh Evans at free safety.

Not having Jones-Drew would be the more significant loss. He leads the team with 719 yards and five touchdowns rushing, and is third with 34 catches for 239 yards.

Jones-Drew tried to test his hamstring on Friday, but said he couldn’t run full speed.

"Right now it’s just real tight," Jones-Drew said. "You’ve got to let it loosen up and get back to where it feels like the other one or close to it.

"I couldn’t open up yet. If I can’t do that then I’m not going to go out there, because I won’t be able to be myself. Hopefully I’ll be able to go out there Sunday, but if not be set up for next week."

Receiver Cecil Shorts also might be a game-day decision, but he was able to practice on a limited basis on Friday, and is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Shorts joins Jones-Drew on iffy list

December, 12, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars were already unsure of Maurice Jones-Drew's status for Sunday's game against Buffalo, and now receiver Cecil Shorts may not play, either.

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Jones-Drew (hamstring) and Shorts (groin) have not practiced all week and are expected to test their injuries on Friday, but coach Gus Bradley said there's a chance a decision on their chances of playing may not be made until just before kickoff.

"I think they're both very questionable," Bradley said Thursday. "We've got our fingers crossed on both of them."

Shorts has been battling a groin injury for much of the season and has managed it by not practicing on Wednesdays and being limited on Thursdays. That schedule got thrown off last week because the Jaguars played Houston on Thursday night and that wasn't sufficient time to rest his groin from the previous Sunday's game against Cleveland.

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He played against the Texans but left the game late because of the pain. He's hoping the extra three days of rest between that game and Sunday's game against the Bills will be enough to allow his groin to improve.

"I've been dealing with it all year," Shorts said. "It's not getting better; it's getting worse.

"I think I'm going to go out there tomorrow and get some reps and stuff. We'll see how it feels tomorrow and then [make a] game-time decision as Gus said. If I'm able to play, I'm playing. No doubt about it. I have no problem dealing with pain but when it comes to your [groin] area, it's a little different."

Shorts leads the Jaguars in receptions (66), yards (77), and receiving touchdowns (three). If he is unable to play, Bradley said Kerry Taylor would start in his place. Taylor was signed on Nov. 4 from Arizona's practice squad and has caught three passes for 27 yards in four games.

Taylor would also be the team's kick returner if Jones-Drew is unable to play because regular kick returner Jordan Todman would start for Jones-Drew.

A third starter, safety Johnathan Cyprien, also did not practice Thursday because of a thigh injury. Bradley said he feels the best about Cyprien's chances of playing than any of the other injured players. Cyprien has started every game at strong safety this season and is second on the team with 83 tackles.

Defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) and linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) also did not practice on Thursday because they were given the day off to rest their injuries. They are expected to play Sunday.

Safety Josh Evans (shoulder), guard Uche Nwaneri (shoulder), offensive tackle Austin Pasztor (shoulder), safety Chris Prosinski (concussion), and kicker Josh Scobee (left hip) were limited.

Jones-Drew aggressively rehabbing

December, 11, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is aggressively rehabbing his strained right hamstring and maintains his hope that he’ll be available for Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

Until he tests it on Friday, though, things remain uncertain.

"I want to play," Jones-Drew said Wednesday afternoon. "I’m doing everything I can to get out there. It’s just kind of a deal you don’t want to make it worse so you have to make sure it’s healed the right way. You want to be smart in that situation. I’m going to do everything I can to get out there."

Jones-Drew was injured during last Thursday’s 27-20 victory over Houston, and the extra two days of rest could be the difference between him playing and first-year back Jordan Todman being the main back. Jones-Drew has been treating the hamstring with ice and massage and has also gotten in the pool to swim.

"Now it’s just getting back healthy and getting it back where I can go out there and play and not hurt the team," Jones-Drew said. "I think that’s the main goal by Friday, making sure I can go out there and do what I usually do and not necessarily go out there and be, like, dragging my leg around and things like that."

Jones-Drew has rushed for 719 yards and five touchdowns this season, with 264 yards coming in the past three games.

Jags put two on IR, sign a RB

December, 9, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars put receiver Stephen Burton and running back Justin Forsett on Injured Reserve and signed running back Delone Carter on Monday.

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Forsett (broken foot) has six carries for 81 yards, and 15 catches for 82 yards in nine games. He was hurt in the Jaguars' victory against Houston on Nov 24.

Forsett signed a two-year contract with the Jaguars in March, but he suffered a sprained toe on his right foot on Aug. 1 in the first live practice period of training camp and missed the rest of camp and all of the preseason. Meanwhile, first-year running back Jordan Todman led the team in rushing in the preseason (223 yards) and earned a bigger role on offense (18 carries for 53 yards in nine games).

Burton has played in just four games this season because of multiple concussions, and has eight receptions for 76 yards

Carter was a fourth-round pick by Indianapolis in 2011 and rushed for 499 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons with the Colts. Indianapolis traded him to Baltimore on Aug. 1, and he hasn't been with a team since the Ravens cut him Aug. 30.

Evans out; Mincey may play

December, 3, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars safety Josh Evans will miss Thursday’s game against Houston because of a shoulder injury, coach Gus Bradley said.

Evans was on the field for only nine snaps against Cleveland before suffering the injury. He was replaced by Winston Guy, whom Bradley said will start against the Texans.

Evans, the team’s sixth-round draft pick, has 41 tackles and one pass breakup.

The Jaguars (3-9) may have defensive end Jeremy Mincey back this week. Bradley said there’s a 90 percent chance that Mincey would be active against the Texans. Mincey did not make the trip with the team to Houston for the Nov. 24 game against the Texans because he overslept and missed a team meeting.

Mincey was not active for last week’s game against Cleveland, either.

Jags WR Brown a game-day decision

November, 29, 2013
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars may not have starting receiver Mike Brown for the second consecutive week because of a shoulder injury but that determination won't be made until Sunday.

Coach Gus Bradley said they'll work Brown out before the 1 p.m. ET game at Cleveland before ruling him out. He is listed on Friday's injury report as questionable.

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"Through the week he's felt better," Bradley said. "Yesterday [he was] a little bit sore and today we pulled back a few of his reps but we still need to take a look at him. I know he felt like it went pretty good but we'll have to see what happens on Sunday with him and see how he feels."

Brown, who has 17 receptions for 289 yards, injured the AC joint in his shoulder during the Jaguars' loss to Arizona two weeks ago and did not play against Houston last Sunday. The Jaguars signed Jeremy Ebert from the practice squad in time for the Texans game, but he did not play. Ebert is still on the active roster.

Bradley said earlier in the week that receiver Stephen Burton (concussion) and running back Justin Forsett (broken foot) would not play against the Browns.

Cornerback Will Blackmon (shoulder), offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield (bicep), defensive end Andre Branch (knee), safety Winston Guy (shoulder), linebacker Geno Hayes (knee), defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder), guard Will Rackley (illness), receiver Cecil Shorts (groin) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (ankle) are listed as probable.

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