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Open locker room: S Johnathan Cyprien out, WR Cecil Shorts III doubtful


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars won't have their starting strong safety Sunday.

The same is probably true of their most-experienced wide receiver, with safety Johnathan Cyprien on Friday being ruled out of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins and wide receiver Cecil Shorts III being listed as doubtful.

Shorts, who missed the Jaguars' loss to Philadelphia last week with a hamstring issue, worked limited on Wednesday before missing practice Thursday. He worked on the side early in the portion of Friday practice open to the media.

He will make the trip to Washington, and Bradley said he ran well enough Friday to give the team at least a small hope he may play Sunday.

Doubtful on the NFL's injury report means a 25 percent chance the player will play.

"I know Cecil is doubtful, but it went pretty good today so we didn't strain him or do anything like that," Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Redskins (0-1) at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, Sunday at 1 p.m.

"I think that's why we put him at doubtful. I think there's a chance there. Either way he is going (on the trip)."

Shorts said he felt better this Friday and said he feels he's moving in the right direction.

"I'm very grateful they're giving me a chance to go out there and play with my guys," Shorts said.

Bradley said if Shorts plays it likely will be limited.

"We would probably go into it saying it's not going to be like he will play 60 plays," he said. "It might be more situational."

Added Shorts, "I don't care if it's two snaps – the opportunity to go out there and do something would be awesome."

Cyprien missed practice all week with a concussion sustained in Philadelphia. He has been in the concussion program this week, being tested regularly to determine his progress and availability.

"You can pass this test, pass this test but at times there are setbacks and they can come throughout the week," Bradley said. "Even though there are a couple good days if one shows up later it can set you back. I think it's a policy that everything has to fall into place starting Monday in order for you to be up on Sunday."

Starting cornerback Alan Ball sustained an oblique injury Friday in practice, and while the team listed him as questionable on the injury report, he said Friday afternoon he expects to play.

"I'm not concerned," Ball said. "I don't think it's going to keep me down or anything like that. It's a little tweak and I'll keep it rolling."

Offensive tackle Austin Pasztor (hand), tight end Clay Harbor (calf) and running back Storm Johnson (ankle) also did not practice and have been ruled out for Sunday. Cameron Bradfield is expected to make a second consecutive start to start the season in place of Pasztor, who has been expected to miss at least the first two regular-season games since fracturing his hand in the second preseason game.

Josh Evans is expected to start at safety in place of Cyprien alongside Winston Guy, Jr. Evans, a sixth-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, started 11 games last season.

"Josh, he played a lot last year," Bradley said. "He played a lot of free safety. We trained Josh to be able to play free and strong to have this flexibility so that if something happened to one of them he would be the first to go in. I know he's got more confidence than he did last year, feels better with a week of practice being in there every rep, so we've got great confidence in him."

Evans' starts came at free safety last season, but he said he's comfortable playing for Cyprien at strong safety.

"I'm feeling pretty comfortable, and I'm going to go out and execute," Evans said. "Being a year into this defense, I think I'm comfortable to know what's going on as far as getting guys lined up. I think that actually benefits me in a way."

Rookie Allen Hurns is expected to start a second consecutive game in place of Shorts opposite fellow rookie Marqise Lee. Hurns caught four passes for a team-high 110 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns against Philadelphia.

Also around the Jaguars Friday:

*Running back Toby Gerhart practiced full after working limited Thursday and is listed as probable. He sustained an ankle injury in the opener. ..

*Tight end Marcedes Lewis practiced full for a second consecutive day and is listed as probable. He sustained a knee injury in the opener. …

*Cornerback Dwayne Gratz practiced full and is listed as probable. He sustained an ankle injury Wednesday, but after being limited that day worked full the last two days. …

*Lee practiced limited Friday and is listed as probable. He sustained a hamstring injury Wednesday, but after being limited that day worked full Thursday. …

*Defensive tackle Abry Jones was listed on the injury report Friday as working limited. He is listed as probable for Sunday. …

*Defensive tackle Roy Miller and Geno Hayes practiced full and are expected to play after having veteran days off Thursday. …

*Bradley said Pasztor is progressing, saying of his chances of playing against Indianapolis in the Jaguars' home opener September 21, "I think the challenge for him would be if he can play with a club on; I think that's where we're at with him.  You might see him out there next week getting some practice reps. That would be the challenge for him to see how he could be with a club on."

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