SHORT LEAVES WITH A CONCUSSION
Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts, one of the most productive receivers in the NFL in recent weeks, sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter against Buffalo.
Shorts, a second-year veteran from Mount Union, left the game and did not return.
Shorts, who caught a team-high seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 34-18 loss to the Bills, will enter the team’s concussion program and be evaluated this week, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.
Montell Owens on Sunday rushed more times than in any other game in his NFL career.
He ran well at times, and was critical on the Jaguars’ first-half scoring drive, but Owens said afterward the day was difficult – and not just for him.
Owens, a two-time Pro Bowl selection as a special teams player, played college football at Maine, where he played one season with Javon Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker who on Saturday shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself at the Chiefs’ facility.
“That’s something that goes further than the game of football,” Owens said. “It ought to impact you some way, somehow.”
Owens said although he knew Belcher, the situation likely bothered many players Sunday.
“I think for a lot of guys it was,” Owens said. “He’s a fellow NFL football player. We’re a tight group. We’re sort of a fraternity. Anything like that happens to one of your guys, it touches you. It really does.”
PLAY OF THE GAME
For the Jaguars, there were two – and they came on back-to-back plays in the second quarter. Quarterback
The Bills took momentum with an early 66-yard drive, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 1-yard sneak gave Buffalo a 7-0 lead. The Jaguars twice crossed midfield, but failed to score.
The Jaguars took control and outplayed Buffalo early in the second quarter.
The Bills scored 10 points to pull away, with Fitzpatrick throwing 13 yards to Stevie Johnson to give Buffalo a 24-10 lead after the first series of the second half. Lindell then converted a 50-yard field goal to push the lead to 27-10.
C.J. Spiller’s 44-yard touchdown run gave the Bills a 34-10 lead on the first possession of the fourth quarter. The Jaguars then got a bit of momentum when
“I thought after the last two weeks we were making progress. That’s the one thing we wanted to do, was to continue to do that.”
QB CHAD HENNE SAYS
“There are no excuses out there. I’ve played in weather like this before. I’m not going to make excuses because of the weather.”
DE JASON BABIN SAYS
“The style and the technique are a little different. With a little time, I think we’ll clean it up. There are some small nuances that will help my play and help the defense.”
STAT OF THE GAME
The Jaguars allowed the Bills 232 yards on 46 carries, allowing them to finish the game with a 35:09 time-of-possession advantage. The Bills also had 14 first downs rushing, and Fitzpatrick needed to throw just 19 times.
This time, this was an easy choice. The Jaguars had taken a 10-7 lead on Henne’s 1-yard touchdown and had scored the game’s last 10 points. On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Easley returned it 55 yards to the Jaguars 41, and Jaguars running back Richard Murphy added 15 yards to the return when he hit Easley out of bounds. Ryan Fitzpatrick turned the opportunity into a 14-10 lead when he passed 11 yards to Scott Chandler, and after Mario Williams’ sack fumble on Henne on the ensuing series, Rian Lindell kicked a 29-yard field goal to make it 17-10. The Jaguars never got closer.
Running back Rashad Jennings left the game with a head injury in the first half and did not return. Guard
* The Jaguars converted just 1 of 10 third-downs, and went 0 for 5 in the second half.“We weren’t very good on third down,” Henne said.
* The Jaguars were hurt early by a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on right tackle
* Mularkey said dropped passes continued to be an issue Sunday. The Jaguars had several early that hurt the first possession, with recently-signed
* The Jaguars rushed for 50 yards on eight carries, the eighth time in the last nine games they have failed to rush for 100 yards or more. They rushed for 100 against the Titans last week. “We couldn’t get it established,” Mularkey said. “The yards we got were hard-earned.”
The Jaguars play host to the New York Jets at EverBank Field at Sunday.
So much for the good feeling. The Jaguars entered the game having won last week and having played the 11-1 Houston Texans tough the week before that. After a slow start Sunday, the Jaguars rallied, forced a turnover and got their passing game going, but a long kickoff return and a penalty changed the momentum. As too often has been the case this season, the Jaguars couldn’t recover, and the Bills quickly turned a 17-10 halftime lead into a 24-point margin.