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Open Locker Room: Austin Pasztor status becomes clear


JACKSONVILLE – Austin Pasztor's wait appears over.

It also appears the Jaguars will have their 2014 sacks leader on Sunday when they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pasztor, a third-year right tackle out since Preseason Week 2 after sustaining a fractured hand in Chicago, likely make his 2014 regular-season debut Sunday, with Head Coach Gus Bradley saying Friday that Pasztor likely will start.

"He's going pretty good," Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars (0-4) prepared to play the Steelers (2-2) at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. "I think we wanted to see how he handled it with the cast on, where it was on his hand. He has handled it pretty good.

"This whole week, you could see him getting more comfortable."

Defensive end Andre Branch, who leads the team with three sacks this season, is listed as probable on the team's injury report. He worked limited in practice Friday after missing Thursday's work with a hip flexor injury.

Wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring), wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring), tight end Mickey Shuler (illness) and cornerback Dwayne Gratz (concussion) were ruled out.

Pasztor opened training camp as the starting right tackle and with Pasztor's injury, Cameron Bradfield started the first two games of the regular season at the spot. The Jaguars released Bradfield after the offensive line allowed 10 sacks at Washington in Week 2, and Sam Young started the last two games.

Bradley said Young's play in Pasztor's place should help the line's depth.

"It's great," Bradley said. "Sometimes with injuries like that you do develop depth. That's what we need. That's a good situation for us."

Pasztor had practiced the last two weeks full, but did so with a protective club on his right hand. He worked this week with a less restrictive device that allows movement of the fingers.

"As my hands gotten better, I can do more things," Pasztor sad. "I can do pretty much everything I can normally do. … I've been doing all the workouts and running keeping myself in shape, so I'm ready."

Bradley said Pasztor's experience as well as relentlessness should help an offensive line that struggled early in the season before showing improvement the last two games.

"I think he just brings that to the group," Bradley said. "We felt really good going into preseason with him and now he's back and healthy and had a good week."

Bradley also said wide receiver Ace Sanders will be active Sunday and return punts while playing a role as a reserve receiver. Sanders missed the first four games of the regular season serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

"The anticipation is still rising," Sanders said. "It's really exciting for me to get back out there and get back with my guys. I'm just trying to not to be a hero out there and let the game come to me. I'll see where it goes from there."

Also around the Jaguars Friday:

*Bradley said rookie seventh-round running back Storm Johnson had another good week of practice and could get repetitions this Sunday. After sustaining an ankle injury in the preseason finale, Johnson was inactive in Weeks 1-3 and did not play last week. "He's kind of stacked them up," Bradley said. …

*Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny did not practice Friday to rest his knee. He was listed as probable on the injury report and is expected to play Sunday. …

*Second-year veteran Demetrius McCray likely will get his second NFL start with Gratz out Sunday. Look for rookies Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to start as a tandem for a third consecutive game with Shorts and Lee ruled out. …

*Tight end Mickey Shuler (illness) was ruled out for a second consecutive week. …

*Defensive end Ryan Davis (shoulder), defensive tackle Roy Miller (ankle) and fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou (ankle) all worked full Friday and were listed as probable. …

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