Justin Blackmon expected to play
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars should have at least one starting wide receiver available for Sunday's game against San Diego.
Coach Gus Bradley said Thursday that Justin Blackmon is progressing well in his recovery from a hamstring and groin strain, and while he likely won't practice on Friday, he should be able to play against the Chargers.
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He's not as sure about Cecil Shorts (sprained SC joint in his right shoulder), who likely will be a game-time decision. Ace Sanders, who is still in the NFL's concussion program, hasn't practiced all week and is unlikely to play.
"Blackmon's good," Bradley said. "I think it's something that he'll have to deal with. He may be a guy that we hold out tomorrow just to keep it calmed down.
"I don't think he's in the same boat as Cecil but we might still just be real thoughtful on what we do with him tomorrow."
Blackmon has caught 19 passes for 326 yards in the two games since he returned from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Those numbers are the most of any receiver in the NFL over the past two weeks.
Shorts, the Jaguars' leading receiver with 31 catches for 411 yards, has progressed quicker than anticipated. The swelling has subsided and while there is still some pain, Shorts was able to windmill his right arm in the locker room to show how much range of motion he has regained.
"I ran around today in walk-through and felt pretty good," Shorts said. "It's going to hurt. So we'll see how it goes. No decision yet but I'm excited about my chances."
Shorts was limited on Thursday and Bradley said Shorts won't practice Friday and will work out Sunday morning to see if he can play.
Sanders (15 catches for 171 yards) hasn't practiced this week. If Shorts is unable to play, the Jaguars' top three receivers would be Blackmon (83 career receptions), Mike Brown (five career receptions) and Stephen Williams, whom the Jaguars claimed off waivers on Oct. 7. Williams has nine career receptions.
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