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First off the Field: Linder status unknown


JACKSONVILLE – Add another front-line injury to the list.

Brandon Linder, the Jaguars' starting right guard and perhaps the team's best offensive lineman, sustained a left shoulder injury late in practice on Wednesday. He left practice and was being evaluated afterward.

An update on Linder's status is expected Thursday.

"He's being evaluated right now," Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday after a two-hour, 20-minute practice as the AFC South-leading Jaguars (1-1) prepared to play the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (2-0) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Sunday at 1 p.m.

"It was toward the end of practice. I don't know where it's at (in terms of evaluation)."

The Jaguars' offensive line played last week without starting left tackle Luke Joeckel. He returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday and Bradley said his game status likely will be determined later in the week.

Six-year veteran Sam Young replaced Joeckel against the Miami Dolphins Sunday and did not allow a sack.

"That will be day-to-day how he feels," Bradley said of Joeckel. "One day he feels pretty good and the next day he's a little bit sore, so he's going through that stage. Hopefully, we can stack up a couple of good days."

Bradley on Wednesday also addressed the team's punt-returner situation.

Rookie wide receiver Rashad Greene, who returned punts in the first two games, was placed on injured reserve/designated to return Tuesday with a thumb injury. He is out until at least November 29. Bradley said cornerback Nick Marshall, running back Corey Grant and wide receiver Bryan Walters are options at punt returner.

"It's pretty wide open," Bradley said, adding of Greene, "He was really starting to get it and understand his position. (Quarterback) Blake (Bortles) was gaining trust in him, so it's a tough one. You hate to lose a guy of his caliber, but it gives another guy an opportunity."

The Jaguars released their first injury report of the week Wednesday, with defensive end Andre Branch (knee), safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf/finger), running back Denard Robinson (knee) and cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle) not practicing.

Check out images from Wednesday's practice as the Jaguars returned to the practice field as they prepare to face the New England Patriots.

Cyprien, the Jaguars' starting safety, missed Sunday's victory over Miami and Bradley said he had not been ruled out for Sunday.

"We have a lot of guys who are progressing really well, but it's day to day," Bradley said. "He fits into that category as well."

Running back Tony Gerhart (abdomen), Joeckel (ankle), wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring), defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and tight end Julius Thomas (hand) also worked limited Wednesday. Thomas worked on the side and is expected to be evaluated next week.

Marks and Thomas, while limited, are not expected to play this week. Lee played Sunday after being limited last week and is expected to play.

Gerhart has missed the first two regular-season games, and while Bradley said he looked good Wednesday, he also said "We've yet to really turn it loose with him." With Gerhart and Robinson hurt, the Jaguars' healthy running backs are starter T.J. Yeldon and reserves Bernard Pierce and Grant.

Also on Wednesday, Bradley called the afternoon's practice a good one, though "not great." He said soreness from Sunday's victory over Miami was an issue early.

"We kind of had to work through some things," Bradley said. "As practice went on, you saw the energy level pick up." …

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