JACKSONVILLE – One of the Jaguars’ strongest areas isn’t exactly its healthiest.
It sure wasn’t on Wednesday.
Shorts missed practice with a sprained SC joint (shoulder) sustained Sunday at Denver, and Blackmon missed with the groin/hamstring injury he played through while catching 14 passes for 190 yards Sunday.
Bradley said Blackmon should practice on a limited basis Thursday.
“We have our fingers crossed with him,” Bradley said as the Jaguars (0-6) prepared to play the Chargers (3-3) at EverBank Field in Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.
“It’s not bad. It’s just one we don’t want to get worse.”
Of playing through the injury, Bradley said, “His competitive spirit is unbelievable.”
Bradley said Shorts had improved since Monday.
“He’s getting better,” Bradley said. “He’s showing signs of improving. Just his range of motion and comfort level is better, so that’s a good sign for us.”
Shorts agreed with Bradley that his mobility has improved since Monday, and that while he is still in pain, he participated in walkthrough Wednesday morning. He said his primary issue Sunday will be pain tolerance.
“I want to get on the same field as Blackmon and (tight end) Marcedes (Lewis), and some of the other guys,” Shorts said. “I want to play. I just want to play with those guys. I feel bad I wasn’t able to come back last week. It was frustrating. …
“I’m trying to do whatever I can to get on the field this week. It might not be the best thing, but I want to do what I can to help the team.”
“What an opportunity for a guy like Stephen Williams,” Bradley said. “The good in it is, ‘What better ways to build your depth, to get guys ready?’ They’re getting a lot of reps.”
Mincey, like Burton, remained in the concussion program, while Bradley said Cyprien’s absence was precautionary.
Also on Wednesday:
*Lewis said early Wednesday he expects to play Sunday. Bradley said later in the afternoon he also expects the 2010 Pro Bowl selection to be available….
*Lewis said this is the best he has felt since injuring the calf in August. He aggravated the injury in practice in Week One and again against the Colts on September 29. “When I came out and tried to play against the Colts, I would grimace when I would run,” he said. “I’m at the point now where I’m running and not grimacing. It’s not 100 percent, but I feel better than I have in the whole process.”…
*Bradley said Gratz and veteran
*Bradley said Burton and Mincey haven’t been ruled out for Sunday. Burton has been in the concussion program three weeks and Mincey has been in it for two. Each was scheduled to be retested on Wednesday night. “We’ll know more after the testing,” Bradley said….
*Bradley also said overall the offensive line has played better in the last two weeks. The team has been without injured rookie left tackle