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CHANDLER'S CROSS, England – Moving day brought mixed news on the injury front.

As the Jaguars prepared to move their temporary quarters from the Grove Hotel to the Hilton Wembley, they announced that three injured players – Andre Branch, Jeremiah George and Brandon Linder – indeed will miss Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium.

The positive news came at wide receiver.

That's because Cecil Shorts III is expected to play Sunday after missing Thursday with a hamstring issue, and because Marqise Lee continued a solid week of practice after a Wednesday ankle scare.

"Marqise Lee is a guy who's really had a couple of good practices," Head Coach Gus Bradley said of Lee as the Jaguars (1-8) prepared to play the Dallas Cowboys (6-3) at Wembley Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

"I know Wednesday he tweaked his ankle a little bit but he came back Thursday and today and stacked up two really good practices. He talked about how this has been good for him to be over here and go through all of it."

Bradley talked on an overcast, gray afternoon shortly after the Jaguars finished the last of three practices on the Grove Hotel practice field. Bradley also praised the staff at the Grove Hotel for their assistance all week.

"This was really a smooth transition for us, really seamless," Bradley said. "We had three good days of practice. I thought Wednesday our players took a little time to get into it, but once we got going it was good. Then, to finish up today with our last lengthy practice was good."

Shorts, like Lee, worked full on Friday. He had been limited Wednesday and did not practice Thursday and was listed as probable on the Friday injury report. Lee also was listed as probable.

"He did pretty good," Bradley said of Shorts' work Friday. "He went through the whole thing."

George, who started at middle linebacker last week against Cincinnati, will miss Sunday with a high-ankle sprain that kept him out of practice all week. J.T. Thomas, a starter in the middle two weeks ago and at the Otto linebacker this past week, will move into the middle with Dekoda Watson starting in place of Thomas at the Otto.

Watson, after signing as an unrestricted free agent to play the Otto, has played sparingly at the spot, entering just one game as the starting Otto.

"I think we're looking for consistent play," Bradley said. "You see flashes, but there has been some inconsistent play. I know that's the challenge for him, to go out there and play after play be someone who plays at a consistently high level."

Linder, a starter in all nine games this season at right guard, will miss the game with a shoulder injury sustained against Cincinnati. He missed practice all week, with veteran Jacques McClendon – the team's starting center in Weeks 1 and 2 – expected to start in his place.

Bradley said earlier in the week Tyler Shatley also could be considered at right guard.

Branch, a defensive end, will miss a third consecutive game with a groin injury sustained against Cleveland in Week 7.

Bradley likened the week at the Grove to a training-camp mentality, with players not only having meet-and-greet post-practice opportunities, but more time than usual together as a team in the evenings.

"It's been good," Bradley said. "You're spending extra time. Last night, you go in there and see a bunch of players together at 8:30 at night. You normally don't get that when you're at home during the season. To see that and be able to see different groups meeting, there are countless examples of that.

"I think they've done a good job handling it."

Also around the Jaguars:

*Bradley and several players including Shorts, running back Denard Robinson and running back Toby Gerhart spent time after practice meeting with members of the Nottingham Trent Renegades American Football team. Bradley spoke with the coaches after practice, and players spoke with Nottingham players and posed for pictures. "It was a lot of the same things that we go through," Bradley said. "It really is. Our number one play in the NFL is lead weak, and that's their number one play. It just happens faster with bigger guys, but some of the same issues that we are dealing with they are dealing with, so it was good." Said Gerhart, "It's fun. I'm definitely enjoying it. We're in a different country playing the same game. Sports transcend boundaries, whatever they may be." …

*Defensive end Chris Clemons missed practice Friday with a knee injury, but was listed as probable, as was running back Jordan Todman, who missed practice with a quad injury. …

*Safety Josh Evans was listed as probable after working full with a shoulder injury, and safety Sherrod Martin was listed as probable after working limited with a shoulder injury.

*Quarterback Blake Bortles (left wrist) was listed as probable after working full all three days, and Watson (hamstring) was listed as probable after also practicing all three days. …

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