JACKSONVILLE – Brandon Linder and Marqise Lee face similar situations as the weekend approaches.
For the Jaguars, neither situation is ideal.
Linder, a starting right guard and perhaps the team's best offensive lineman, and Lee – a wide receiver whose speed is key in the passing offense – missed practice with injuries Thursday as the Jaguars prepared for Sunday's game in Indianapolis.
Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said the goal for both is the same.
"I can tell you this with Marqise and Linder: we're in a situation where we're trying to do everything we can to get them to Sunday," Bradley said as the Jaguars (1-2) prepared to play the Colts (1-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday at 1 p.m.
"That's basically what we're trying to do, so we felt with both of them, 'Hold them out today and see …'"
Images from Thursdays Practice held at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields.
Bradley said more should be known on the duo Friday. Linder is dealing with a shoulder injury sustained in practice last Wednesday. He played through the injury Sunday in New England and worked limited Wednesday.
Lee is dealing with a lingering hamstring issue that kept him out of training camp and the regular-season opener. He returned for Week 2, but left the loss to the Patriots in the first half.
"We'll see, but I can tell you the situation was, 'Let's keep them out of practice to see what we can do to try to get them ready for Sunday at least health-wise,'" Bradley said.
While Tyler Shatley was expected to start this past Sunday had Linder not played, Bradley said rookie A.J. Cann took first-team repetitions at right guard Thursday.
"A.J. went in there first today," Bradley said. "We'll see how they went, but he started out there today."
The Jaguars released their second injury report of the week Thursday, with offensive guard Zane Beadles working full after being limited Wednesday with a finger injury and cornerback Davon House working limited after missing Wednesday with a lower leg injury.
The rest of the report:
Strong safety Josh Evans (knee, limited), wide receiver Allen Hurns (thigh, limited), defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (knee, limited), defensive tackle Roy Miller (knee, limited), tight end Julius Thomas (hand, limited), free safety Sergio Brown (calf, did not practice), wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring, DNP), guard Brandon Linder (shoulder, DNP) and running back Denard Robinson (knee, DNP).
Defensive end Andre Branch (knee), offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (ankle), safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf) and cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle) all worked full for a second consecutive day.
Bradley said Branch – out since the preseason with a medial collateral ligament sprain -- began improving last week, and went through all drill work and team repetitions Thursday.
"Our fingers are crossed," Bradley said. "He looks pretty good. It's good because we get another (pass-) rusher on the field, and it also keeps guys fresh rotation-wise so those guys on third down can really get going."
Cyprien has missed the last two games.
"He looks very good," Bradley said.
Also on Thursday, Bradley said the Jaguars had a second consecutive good practice.
"I thought it was a good job today by all three phases," Bradley said. "I thought it was excellent competition throughout, and I was very pleased with how today went."