NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - INSIDE SLANT
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts, who missed the Buffalo game with a groin injury, will likely miss the final two games of the season.
It sounds like that is the direction they are going.
"I think we have more concern with the injury now," Bradley said. "That's what Dave and I and Cecil will talk about. We're starting to figure out he's such a strong competitor that he wants to play and he wants to do it, but I think the longer we're around him you can sense maybe when it's really bothering him. I think he's at that point now."
The Jaguars let Shorts play a Thursday night game against Houston and that apparently made the injury worse and the 10 days off after the game didn't heal it enough for him to play against Buffalo.
Shorts tried to practice last Friday and knew he couldn't go. He had no power and explosiveness and felt pain.
"It wasn't good on Friday," he said. "It's frustrating, but me being frustrated and down is not going to change anything. I might as well stay upbeat and be there for the team however I can. Guys talked to me last week about how it's OK to be frustrated but you can't be down about it.
"You have to rise from it and get back positive," he said. "That's what I'm trying to do is stay positive. If the decision is made that I'm done for the year, then that's the case."
Shorts has caught 66 passes for 777 yards and three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in each of the last two games before Sunday.
With Shorts out, the Jaguars will be missing their top two receivers since Justin Blackmon has been suspended the rest of the year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
With Shorts and Blackmon out, they started Ace Sanders and Kerry Taylor at wide receiver against the Bills.
NFL Team Report - Jacksonville Jaguars - NOTES, QUOTES
--Running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed the Buffalo game with a hamstring injury and coach Gus Bradley said Monday he doesn't know whether he can play against Tennessee Sunday.
"We'll wait and see where he is Wednesday," Bradley said.
Jordan Todman started in his place and had a good game with 109 yards rushing and 44 receiving yards.
But without Jones-Drew, the Jaguars decided not to run up the middle with a first down on the Buffalo 1-yard line with four minutes left. Instead, they tried Todman on a sweep to the right. Guard Uche Nwaneri and fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou missed blocks and Todman was thrown for a four-yard loss back to the 5-yard line. Chad Henne then threw two passes and the second one was intercepted to seal the win for Buffalo.
Explaining why they didn't run Todman up the middle, Bradley said, "I know we had that mindset going into the game on what would be our strengths, and it was attack the perimeter on the first play. I think we'll look back on it and evaluate it," he said.