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Shorts (hamstring) caught one pass for 17 yards on three targets in Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons.

Having played in the final two preseason games, Shorts should be good to go for Week 1 in Philadelphia. He's locked in as a starter to open the season, but could face eventually pressure from rookies Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson (hamstring), if he doesn't display his 2012 form. Marqise Lee, who caught a 57-yard touchdown in Thursday's game, will presumably be the other starter in Week 1.

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Shorts (hamstring) had no catches on two targets in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.

Shorts played a limited number of snaps in his first appearance of the preseason, which allowed UDFA Allen Hurns to see plenty of work with the first-team offense. While locked in as a Week 1 starter, Shorts could face competition for snaps if he doesn't flash his 2012 form. Hurns is having an incredible preseason, and the Jags selected both Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson (hamstring) in the second round of May's draft. With Robinson yet to play this preseason, Shorts and Lee are the projected starters, with Hurns making a strong case for at least the No. 3 role. Even if we assume that Shorts will essentially be an every-down player throughout the entire season, there's considerable competition for targets in what will likely be one of the league's worst passing offenses. On a more positive note for prospective fantasy owners, the Jags will likely spend much of the season playing from behind.

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Shorts (hamstring) is expected to play "about 15 plays" in Friday's third preseason game against the Lions.

Shorts returned to practice Sunday after being sidelined since the first day of training camp due to a hamstring injury. Projected to be the Jaguars' No. 1 pass-catching option this season, Shorts was handed Tuesday's practice off to ensure he's available Friday versus Detroit. Although his snap count will be limited, any game action should benefit Shorts' rapport with Jacksonville's quarterbacks, particularly rookie Blake Bortles, who could see first-team action Friday.

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Shorts (hamstring) was given the day off Tuesday, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Shorts continues to work back from a hamstring injury and acknowledged over the weekend that he's still rusty. While he's considered healthy, the team opted to give him an extra day off Tuesday in advance of Friday's preseason matchup against Detroit.

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Shorts (hamstring), who returned to practice Sunday, acknowledged that he is "definitely rusty," the Florida Times-Union reports.

Shorts injured his hamstring back on July 25, so a little rust is not unexpected at this stage. While it remains unclear what sort of plans the Jags have for the 26-year-old wideout over the team's next two preseason games, Shorts believes that he has enough time to get up to speed in advance of the team's regular season opener. "Absolutely, it's more than enough time," Shorts said Sunday. "It's the perfect amount of time actually. I'm confident about that."

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Shorts (hamstring) will practice Sunday, The Florida-Times Union reports.

Shorts' right hamstring injury has kept him sidelined since the opening day of training camp. Nonetheless, with a week of practice slated before Friday's next preseason game, Shorts is expected to play in some capacity the next time Jacksonville takes the field. Considering Shorts enters the season as Jacksonville's No. 1 wideout, he'll use the remainder of the preseason to build chemistry with quarterbacks Chad Henne and Blake Bortles.

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Shorts (hamstring) is expected to return practice in a limited capacity on Sunday, ESPN.com reports.

Barring any setbacks, the report suggests that Shorts -- who injured his hamstring on the first day of training camp -- figures to see some reps in next Friday's preseason contest against the Lions. Assuming his health entering the regular season, Shorts is in line to serve as the Jags' top wideout, with rookies Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson also candidates to emerge as key cogs in the team's passing game.

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Shorts (hamstring) won't be ready for Thursday's preseason contest against the Bears, according to the Jaguars' official site reports.

On the plus side, the report suggests that Shorts' issue is not viwed as a long-term concern and that he could be back in time for the Jags' third preseason game, against Detroit on Aug. 22.

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Shorts (hamstring) is "definitely ahead of schedule" in his rehab but is still without a firm return timetable, the Florida Times-Union reports. "I ran 100 percent a couple times last week straight-line and actually ran 8-10 routes, too, and felt good," Shorts said. "I'm going to do it again Sunday and we'll go from there. We just want to be careful and not aggravate it."

Shorts, who has been out since July 25 with a right hamstring injury, is unlikely to play in the Jags' second preseason game versus the Bears on Thursday. However, he's targeting a return for the team's matchup with Detroit on August 22. Barring a setback, Shorts will have at least a preseason game or two to work himself into game shape before the regular season begins September 7.

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Shorts (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against the Bucs, the Florida Times-Union reports.

When Shorts suffered a strained hamstring back on July 26, the initial estimate was that the wideout would miss at least two weeks. While it's still unclear when he'll be back, receivers coach Jerry Sullivan suggested that he is hopeful that Shorts will get some work in before Week 1. With Shorts, as well as the likes of Allen Robinson and Mike Brown also banged up, Marqise Lee and undrafted rookie Allen Hurns could draw starting wideout assignments for the Jags on Friday.