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First off the Field: WR Lee, CB Gratz returns as Shorts misses practice


JACKSONVILLE – The status of Cecil Shorts III got a bit murkier.

But the status of another front-line receiver took a turn for the better Thursday, with rookie Marqise Lee returning to full practice status as the Jaguars prepared for a Week 2 visit to Washington.

Shorts, a four-year veteran wide receiver who missed the regular season opener with a hamstring injury, missed practice Thursday after working on a limited basis Wednesday.

"It's not exactly good that he didn't practice today, but we'll see what happens," Head Coach Gus Bradley said Thursday afternoon as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Redskins (0-1) at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Sunday at 1 p.m.

Shorts was scheduled to meet with trainers Thursday, and Bradley said he planned to meet with trainers Thursday night about a practice plan for Shorts Friday. Bradley said didn't know if Shorts would be available Sunday, and added that he likely wouldn't play if he can't practice Friday.

"It's as frustrating for him as it is for us as it is for you I'm sure, trying to get information," Bradley said . "We'll just take a look at it."

Bradley said the team hasn't discussed whether to put Shorts on the NFL's short-term injured reserve, an option that teams can use on one player that it doesn't want to put on the normal season-ending injured reserve list.

"I think we're just trying to gather information to try and see what to do this week," Bradley said.

With Shorts and Lee limited, the Jaguars had just three fully healthy wide receivers Wednesday. Lee's return Thursday moved that number to four with rookies Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson practicing full, as well as second-year veteran Mike Brown.

Bradley said Lee took reduced repetitions Thursday, but worked the entire practice.

"He did a good job," Bradley said.

Cornerback Dwayne Gratz also returned to full practice status Thursday after sustaining an ankle injury Wednesday and being listed as limited.

Running back Toby Gerhart, who missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury sustained in the opener, worked limited Thursday.

"He did good, so that's a good sign," Bradley said of Gerhart.

Also around the Jaguars:

*Safety Johnathan Cyprien remained out of practice Thursday for a second consecutive day with a concussion sustained in Philadelphia Sunday, though the second-year safety did attend practice. Bradley said Wednesday the team likely will know by Friday if Cyprien will be available against Washington. …

*If Cyprien can't play Sunday, second-year veteran Josh Evans likely will start in his place, with second-year veteran Demetrius McCray expected to start if Gratz can't play. "Our system is our system but there are some different things that you can possibly do," Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Bob Babich said Thursday. "Josh has a lot of starts under his belt so we feel good about that. He played in last week's game and did a good job, so we feel good. Demetrius McCray has done a good job when he's played if Gratz can't go, so we're just going to stay with our system and continue to go." …

*Babich also said the team would like to get veteran Otto linebacker Dekoda Watson snaps Sunday after he did not play on defense in the opener. LaRoy Reynolds started the opener, though he played just 30 of 87 snaps against the Eagles' up-tempo offense. The Redskins play more base offense than Philadelphia, which Babich said could mean more snaps for the Otto position. "It's still not a lot of base, but (it's) more than last week so hopefully we will get Dekoda in there and give him a chance," Babich said. "Dekoda just gets better every day." Watson missed the offseason and the first two preseason games with a sports hernia injury. "Remember, he missed a lot of time and he is getting better every day," Babich said. "We want to make sure we get him an opportunity." …

*Defensive tackle Roy Miller III and linebacker Geno Hayes missed practice Thursday with veterans days off. …

*Offensive tackle Austin Pasztor (hand) and tight end Clay Harbor (calf) missed practice Thursday. Pasztor isn't expected to play until at least next week against Indianapolis, and Harbor has not played in the preseason or regular season so far. …

*Tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) practiced full Thursday after working limited Wednesday and rookie running back Storm Johnson (ankle) did not practice Thursday after working limited Wednesday.

The Jaguars prepare for their Week 2 matchup against the Washington Redskins

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