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JACKSONVILLE – All in all, Gus Bradley likes the Jaguars' situation offensively.

Not that the Jaguars have solved all issues in that area, but in terms of personnel, the second-year head coach said he can't complain much entering Sunday.

While the Jaguars will be without rookie wide receiver Allen Robinson for the rest of the season, tight end Marcedes Lewis is healthy and expected to start when the Jaguars play the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis Sunday.

That's not the full complement, exactly, but it's not far off.

"You're going to have injuries," Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars (1-9) prepared to play the AFC South-leading Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Sunday at 1 p.m.

"For us offensively, we're pretty fortunate."

The Jaguars also will get right guard Brandon Linder back Sunday. Linder missed the Jaguars' November 9 loss to Dallas in London with a shoulder strain, but returned after the team's bye week this past Sunday to practice full all three days this week.

Right tackle Austin Pasztor (hamstring) practiced full the last two days, and wide receiver Allen Hurns – who sustained a concussion against Dallas – was cleared early in the week and worked full all three days this week.

Lewis, who spent Weeks 3-10 on the injured reserve-designated to return list with a high-ankle sprain, also is fully healthy. Bradley said that essentially means the team is missing one offensive starter.

"I think the whole team feels like we've all got to step up, especially coming off the bye week and having a chance to self-evaluate," Bradley said. "I think the whole offense and defense feel that urgency for everybody to step up and not do anything that they're not capable of doing, just making sure they're doing the things they are capable of doing."

Bradley on Friday also said cornerback Dwayne Gratz will start opposite Demetrius McCray at cornerback, with Sherrod Martin and Aaron Colvin each playing the nickel.

Also around the Jaguars Friday:

*Bradley discussed the 2013 rookie class, a group that includes starters such as first-round left tackle Luke Joeckel, second-round safety Johnathan Cyprien, third-rounder Gratz, fifth-round running back Denard Robinson, sixth-round safety Josh Evans safety and seventh-rounder McCray. Robinson has emerged as a starter in the last four games, and Bradley said McCray has stood out as a player playing with confidence this season.  "He's probably the guy who really has done a nice job," Bradley said of McCray. Bradley also said while Cyprien didn't have his best game against Dallas two weeks ago, "he has played pretty well over the course of the year." …

*Geno Hayes said he doesn't anticipate a difficult transition Sunday moving to the Otto linebacker position. Hayes, a starter at weak-side linebacker in seven of 10 games played this season, could play extensively at the Otto position Sunday with J.T. Thomas in the middle and rookie Telvin Smith on the weak side. That would be the first time that group has played at the same time this season. Hayes said he expects nothing to be significantly different. "I have experience in the defense," Hayes said. "It really doesn't matter to me, as long as I'm on the field playing football." The Jaguars have had to search for a new combination at linebacker with starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny out for the season and middle linebacker Jeremiah George out at least another week with a high-ankle sprain. The team also released Otto linebacker Dekoda Watson during the bye week. …

*George and defensive end Andre Branch were the only players out of practice Friday, with Branch having missed the last three games with a groin injury. "He's doing pretty good," Bradley said of Branch. "I don't foresee him this weekend but he's making really good progress. I think it's coming along faster than we anticipated." …

*Pasztor, quarterback Blake Bortles (left wrist), Colvin (knee), safety Josh Evans (elbow) and Linder worked full Friday. All were listed on the injury report as probable. …

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