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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Cecil Shorts, Will Rackley put on IR

By Michael DiRocco
ESPN.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cecil Shorts' season is over.

The third-year receiver was one of two Jacksonville Jaguars players placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Shorts has been dealing with a groin injury for weeks, while guard Will Rackley's season is over because of a concussion.

Shorts, who leads the Jaguars with 66 catches for 777 yards, battled a groin injury for much of the season and managed it by not practicing on Wednesdays and being limited on Thursdays.

That schedule got thrown off when the Jaguars played the Houston Texans on Thursday, Dec. 5, and there wasn't sufficient time for Shorts to rest his groin from the previous Sunday's game against Cleveland.

Shorts practiced on a limited basis Friday and said he knew then that he wouldn't be able to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a 27-20 loss.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Monday the team was considering shutting Shorts down for the season, but he and general manager David Caldwell wanted to meet with him before making a decision.

Rackley missed the game against Buffalo after a re-emergence of concussion-like symptoms.

The Jaguars activated guard Drew Nowak from the practice squad and signed free-agent defensive end D'Aundre Reed to fill the roster spots.