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First off the field: Clemons, Sample return


JACKSONVILLE – There were bits of red, but they weren't the only story Monday.

While red non-contact jerseys and other limitations were one theme around Jaguars practice Monday, comebacks were a storyline, too.

James Sample and Chris Clemons, each of whom had not participated in the first two and a half weeks of Jaguars 2015 Training Camp, returned Monday morning, with the rookie safety and veteran defensive end practicing on a limited basis.

Sample had been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since camp began with a broken arm sustained in organized team activities. Clemons had been on the active non-football injury list.

"It's great to see him (Clemons) out there," Head Coach Gus Bradley said after the Jaguars worked for about two hours, 20 minutes at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practices fields.

Bradley added that Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Myslinski said Clemons is in "very good" condition. Clemons, a 13-year veteran who is expected to start at the team's Leo pass-rushing position,  worked only in individual work Monday.

"Now, it's hopefully getting him into more," Bradley said. "We'll get a report on him and see how we can push this along."

Here's a look at the 10 best images from Jaguars' practice on Monday.

Bradley said Clemons' status for Saturday's preseason game against the New York Giants is uncertain.  Clemons had eight sacks last season.

"We haven't talked much about that," Bradley said. "Hopefully, we'll know more by the end of the week about that."

Sample, who could compete with Sergio Brown for the starting free-safety role, also participated only in individual work Monday. He said after practice he doesn't expect to play Saturday, but that he hopes to play against Detroit the following week.

"He seems to be sharp and on it as far as picking things up," Bradley said. "That's one thing. The other thing is just getting enough reps and executing."

Monday's work was the first since the Jaguars' 23-21 preseason-opening victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday.

Several players injured Friday missed practice Monday. Tight end Julius Thomas, who sustained a stable fracture in his right hand against the Steelers, did not work Monday, and safety Johnathan Cyprien – who sustained a non-displaced finger fracture against the Steelers – also did not practice.

Neither player is expected to play the rest of the preseason, and each is expected to work in red, non-contact jerseys moving forward.

Rookie wide receiver Rashad Greene (Achilles), offensive tackle Brennan Williams (knee) and rookie wide receiver Neal Sterling (hamstring) also missed practice Monday, as did second-year wide receiver Marqise Lee. Lee missed the preseason opener with a hamstring issue that has been an issue for the last week and a half.

Running back T.J. Yeldon, who did not play against the Steelers play against the Steelers because of a strained finger sustained in a scrimmage the previous week, continued to practice in a red, non-contact jersey. Sample also worked in a non-contact jersey.

Defensive end Jared Odrick worked on a limited basis Monday after missing Friday with a sore knee and cornerback Peyton Thompson (hamstring) remained out of practice.

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