The Jaguars aren’t taking Cecil Shorts’ situation lightly. Neither is Shorts.
Shorts, the Jaguars’ leading receiver this season, missed a loss to the Jets this past Sunday with a concussion and while he returned to practice Wednesday, Head Coach Mike Mularkey said the plan was for the team to be cautious during his return.
Shorts said while he wants to play, the reality of concussions and concern over long-term effects also is a factor. He said he has spoken with Jaguars wide receiver
“He (Robinson) told me to take my time, don’t rush back,” Shorts said Wednesday as the Jaguars (2-11) prepared to play the Miami Dolphins (5-8) at Sun Life Stadium in Davie, Fla., Sunday at 1 p.m.
“He (Robinson) said he’s an example. He said, ‘Clint Session is an example.’’’
Session, a linebacker who signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2011, sustained two concussions last season, and was unable to play this season. The team released him last week.
“It’s no joke,” Shorts said. “People talk about concussions and you’re like, ‘OK, whatever.’ When you get one, and the headaches come and the sensitivity to light . . . it’s no joke.”
Shorts said he wants to finish the season strong, most importantly as a team, but also individually. He has caught 43 passes for 824 yards and seven touchdowns this season, and can become the Jaguars’ first 1,000-yard receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2005.
“It’s definitely a goal,” Shorts said. “The most important thing so to go out and help this team. If 1,000 goes along with it, that’s fine. You got to finish strong just to be ready to go for next year.”
“We’re going to work a couple of guys,” Mularkey, adding that Britton’s play thus far this season has been “probably not as consistent as he would like or we would like. He hasn’t played a whole lot this year and he was in there (Sunday) against a pretty good defensive line. We’re going to face the same thing this week with Miami, so we’ve got to make sure we’re solid up front.”
Lowery, a starting free safety who missed five games earlier this season with an ankle injury, missed practice with a foot injury, while running back
Also out of practice Wednesday were cornerback
“We have a bunch of young guys on this team, a number of young guys that have to still learn how to be pros. There is a rookie wall. Their bodies are saying, ‘What the heck has happening to me right now?’ They have to learn how to be a professional. How do they prepare themselves? How do they teach themselves to recover? You need veterans that do it the right way. The more you’ve got obviously the better, but we have a number of those guys.”
QB CHAD HENNE HENNE SAYS
“As a quarterback you’re always going to be blamed. The head coach and the quarterback are determined by wins and losses, and they’re going to keep you around if you win – if not, they are going to try and find someone else. I’ll take the blame because I have no problem taking it, and I can live my life and move on with it, but the most important thing is improving each and every week.”
DE JASON BABIN SAYS
“I think when you take out some of the hesitation, you know what you’re doing right away then you can progress to focusing on some of the fine details. I’m feeling comfortable with the play calls, the terminology, even the guys in the locker room – I’m starting to get to know them a little bit. So it’s nice.”
Mularkey said while Henne was intercepted twice in a loss to the Jets Sunday, after watching the tape he believed Henne played well. “After I watched it and I came in and talked to the coaches Tuesday morning, he did some good things,” Mularkey said. “We can help him do some better things, but there are still things there.” Mularkey said Henne has been hurt in three starts by the same problem that hampered the offense with
The Jaguars will hold a non-padded practice Thursday and another Friday as they continue preparations for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
*One key matchup Sunday: Jaguars right tackle
*Mularkey said he believes he has a good feel for the team’s energy level with three weeks remaining in the regular season, and that while some players may feel overworked, “That’s every year.” Mularkey added that after 30 years in the NFL, “I have a pretty good feel for it. I’ve been successful and not successful. I have a pretty good gauge. I am constantly asking the staff. I am asking for opinions from everybody. I ask players too. . . . If you ask every team there’s no way everybody’s going to be on the same page.”
*Mularkey said the team continues to hope linebacker