Cecil Shorts WR JAC 18 Days

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.

Cecil Shorts WR JAC 19 Days

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.

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Tests revealed that Cecil Shorts sustained a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Friday's practice.

In other words, it's more severe than standard early-camp tightness. Shorts will be sidelined at least two weeks, adding more injury concerns to his outlook. He underwent groin surgery in December and sat out almost all offseason workouts with calf and hamstring issues.

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Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts is expected to miss "several weeks" with a hamstring strain.

The injury forced Shorts from practice on Friday. Injuries have become a bugaboo for Shorts, who missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp with a hamstring injury and has been limited by injuries each of the last two seasons. Shorts should be ready for the start of the season, but it is hard to be confident he will play a full 16 in 2014.

Cecil Shorts WR JAC 1 Month

Cecil Shorts (hamstring) had to leave Friday's training camp practice early with hamstring tightness.

We normally don't post injuries like this, but it's becoming a concern for Shorts. He missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp with a balky hamstring. The injuries have been piling up for Shorts the past season-and-a-half or so. It's something to monitor this summer. Shorts is expected to play in the slot more in 2014.

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Jaguars WRs Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown are participating in Larry Fitzgerald's summer camp in Minnesota.

The "Fitzgerald Camp" is a two-week workout session that has served as a prelude to breakout wide receiver years in the past, although both Shorts and Brown attended last year's Fitz Camp as well. Per Brown, "about 30" players are participating this year, including Dwayne Bowe, Andre Roberts, Kyle Rudolph, Ryan Mallett, and Chiefs CB Sean Smith. Shorts appears to have recovered from his June hamstring injury, which cost him most of OTAs and all of minicamp.

Cecil Shorts WR JAC 2 Months

Cecil Shorts (hamstring) won't participate in this week's minicamp.

Shorts sat out most of OTAs, as well. It's not a major concern and shouldn't affect his availability for training camp, but Shorts has become increasingly prone to injury the past year or so. He battled a concussion in 2012 and was hampered by calf, shoulder, and groin injuries last season, the latter which required surgery.

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The Florida Times Union thinks Doug Baldwin's deal with the Seahawks could be a template for contract-year WR Cecil Shorts.

Baldwin inked a three-year, $13 million contract that includes $8.5 million guaranteed. Shorts and Baldwin's career numbers are eerily similar despite Shorts playing nine fewer games over the same timeframe. He's been a big-time beneficiary of garbage time. 42.9 percent of Shorts' receiving yards came in the fourth quarter last season. The Jaguars are expected to let injury-prone Shorts play out his contract, though the two sides have had "general" talks.

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The Jags have had "general" contract discussions with Cecil Shorts, who is going into the final year of his rookie deal.

"Obviously, we want him here for the long haul," GM David Caldwell said. "He's a valuable part of our organization and we'd love to at some point in time take care of Cecil." Shorts is the Jags' clear-cut No. 1 receiver, but is coming off an injury-marred 2013, and has two high draft picks to contend with in the receiver corps. It's unlikely either side is in a rush to get a deal done.