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Friday update: Lee, Hurns questionable


JACKSONVILLE – The Wide Receiver Watch is on.

Just how the Jaguars' receiver position will look against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday may not be known until shortly before kickoff.

Wide receiver Allen Hurns, a starter in all eight games this season, and wide receiver Marqise Lee – who has missed six of eight games this season – were listed as questionable Friday on the week's final injury report.

Hurns, who has caught touchdown passes in a franchise-record six consecutive games, has played in all 24 games since joining the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent before the 2014 season. He did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, but worked limited Friday.

"Right now, I'm feeling a lot better, so that's a good sign," Hurns said as the Jaguars (2-6) prepared to play the Ravens (2-6) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, Sunday at 1 p.m. "I haven't done anything full speed yet, but right now, I'm feeling very confident I'll be out there.

"There's not a game where I don't want to be out there with my teammates, so I'm going to do what I have to do in order to be out there."

Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said both Lee and Hurns went through walkthrough Friday and their statuses will be discussed Friday.

"For him, we just want to make sure he's feeling good and that it's something that's progressing," Bradley said. "It was good to see he went through walkthrough today."

Lee, who has missed the last five games with a hamstring issue that has lingered since three days into training camp, practiced limited Wednesday and Thursday before working full Friday.

"He's done well," Bradley said. "He's limited with the number of reps he gets; the ones he has been in there for he has done a nice job."

Lee said he ran well in practice this week.

"No injuries, no mass soreness or anything like that," Lee said. "I felt like me – just out there rolling, feeling good and not really worrying about anything … free. That's probably a good word for it."

If neither Lee nor Hurns plays, the top three receivers will be starter Allen Robinson, Bryan Walters and rookie Neal Sterling. The Jaguars activated Sterling from the practice squad two weeks ago.

"He's really matured – still not exactly where he needs to be, but we're seeing some signs," Bradley said of Sterling. "More would be added on to his plate offensively."

Safety James Sample (shoulder) did not practice Friday and was ruled out for Sunday, while defensive tackle Michael Bennett (hamstring) and outside linebacker Dan Skuta (groin) did not practice Friday and were listed as questionable.

Sample had worked limited Wednesday and Thursday.

"We're still trying to find out where this is coming from," Bradley said. "He's got some issues. He's getting some more screening done, so we'll find out more."

Skuta has started the first eight games at Otto linebacker, and Bradley said he likely will be a game-time decision after not practicing this week. Rookie Thurston Armbrister likely will start in Skuta's place with Jordan Tripp also available.

The following players practiced full Friday and were listed as probable: guard Zane Beadles (knee), running back Toby Gerhart (groin) and tight end Julius Thomas (abdomen).

Also on Friday, Bradley said he expects wide receiver Bryan Walters and rookie cornerback Nick Marshall to again both work at punt returner with a bigger role for Walters. The Jaguars have worked Walters at the position when the return has been expected to begin near the goal line with Marshall working when the return is expected to begin further out in the field.

The reasoning for that has been Walters' experience and decision-making in that situation. But Marshall has muffed two punts this season, including one in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Jets Sunday that led to a key turnover.

"You might see little more extended time from him (at returner)," Bradley said of Walters.

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