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First Off the Field: Marqise Lee week to week

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JACKSONVILLE – The pads stayed on, and the heat stayed, too.

The second day of full-padded work at Jaguars 2015 Training Camp not only featured more hitting, more blocking and significant one on one work, it also featured an update on Marqise Lee.

Lee, the Jaguars' second-year wide receiver, is expected to be week to week with a hamstring injury, Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Thursday. Lee sustained the injury in practice Wednesday.

"I would say it was a wide variety of emotions (for Lee)," Bradley said early Thursday afternoon after the Jaguars worked for about two hours, 20 minutes in 90-degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields.

"Right away, he was pretty down. It felt like it was heavy on his heart, but after conversations he came back. When he saw the results his spirits were lifted a little."

Bradley said Lee's spirits were "better" again Thursday, but that he is unlikely to play in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field Friday, August 14.

"It's tough," Bradley said of Lee, who missed the on-field portion of the team's offseason program with a knee issue. "He felt like he did everything right. He's just trying to figure out how something like that takes place."

The Jaguars, as they did Wednesday, worked in full pads Thursday. Bradley said the team worked some one-on-one blocking work between running backs and linebackers for the first time in this training camp.

"It was a really good learning session," Bradley said.

The Jaguars finished Thursday's practice with a goal-line team session in which the offense scored three touchdowns in five plays. Wide receivers Allen Hurns and Rashad Greene caught touchdown passes from quarterback Blake Bortles in goal-line work and Bortles finished practice with a roll-out touchdown run.

"I thought the first couple of periods the defense did really, really well – really well," Bradley said. "In seven-on-seven (work), the offense bounced back. I was very pleased with how the defense bounced back today, especially in those first two sessions."

Also Thursday, running back Storm Johnson practiced for the first time in '15 training camp after being moved off the active non-football illness list, while cornerback Dwayne Gratz remained out of practice for a third consecutive day with calf tightness. Cornerback Peyton Thompson missed a second consecutive day with a hamstring injury.

Defensive end Jared Odrick had a veterans day off Thursday and tight end Julius Thomas left practice late with tightness in his back. Thomas' issue was not initially thought serious.

Bradley also said while veteran defensive end Chris Clemons is making "good progress," it's doubtful he will play against Pittsburgh. Clemons is on the active non-football injury list and has not yet practiced in '15 camp.

"I can't say when it's going to be," Bradley said. "He's making really good progress."

The Jaguars will hold a walkthrough practice later Thursday afternoon, and will practice again at the Florida Blue practice fields Friday at 9:55 a.m. That practice is open to the public.

INJURY WATCH

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and safety James Sample (arm) remained on the Physically Unable to Perform list with defensive end Chris Clemons remaining on the active non-football injury list. Rookie Dante Fowler Jr.is expected to be placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament shortly before the regular season.

 

PLAY OF THE DAY

This came from second-year cornerback Aaron Colvin, who had an interception off Bortles early in practice. That interception was disputed because Colvin was close to the sideline, but his second interception of practice was not disputed. That came in 11-on-11 work late in practice, when Colvin stepped in front of another pass from Bortles on the defense's right sideline and returned it for a touchdown.

HIGHLIGHTS

*Running back T.J. Yeldon continued to impress early, making a spinning, hard run through the middle for an intermediate game during early team drills. …

*Thomas made a difficult catch and turned it into a touchdown during seven-on-seven work midway through practice, reaching just behind his helmet to make a two-handed reception. …

*Safety Johnathan Cyprien had a pass breakup in seven-on-seven work. …

*Running back Toby Gerhart had several nice runs through the middle of the defense in team drills. …

*Wide receiver Bryan Walters had a 15-yard reception from quarterback Chad Henne in 11-on-11 drills late in practice. …

*Cornerback Tommie Campbell had an interception off Henne late in practice. …

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