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Open Locker Room: Secondary should be full strength


JACKSONVILLE – The secondary should be healthy after all.

Not only that, the Jaguars' defensive backfield could continue to get a more extensive look at a player expected to be a key part of the future.

Demetrius McCray and Josh Evans, a pair of starters in the secondary who missed all or part of practice Thursday, returned to practice Friday and are expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants.

The extensive look could involve Aaron Colvin.

Colvin, a rookie cornerback from the University of Oklahoma, is expected to play more in the team's nickel package than he did while making his NFL debut against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday. The fourth-round selection played 37 snaps at nickel in that game.

"He bounced back really well," Head Coach Gus Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars (1-10) prepared to play the New York Giants (3-8) at EverBank Field in Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.

Bradley said Colvin, who missed the first 10 games of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, for the most part played well in his debut.

"There was a learning curve," Bradley said, adding that although Colvin did nearly allow a big play on what became a dropped pass by wide receiver Reggie Wayne, "I thought he did some really good things on the field, especially for his first time. … He is really a quick study, extremely competitive.

"I really do like his mindset and how competitive he is."

McCray, who has started the last eight games at cornerback, left practice Thursday and was listed as limited with an ankle injury. He said Friday it was actually more his knee that he tweaked, but said he is confident he will play Sunday.

McCray practiced Friday on a limited basis and was listed as probable on the injury report.

"I just bumped it and had a little discomfort, but I'm OK now," McCray said.

Evans, who missed practice Thursday with an elbow injury, also worked limited on Friday and was listed as probable.

Also around the Jaguars Friday:

*The Jaguars signed second-year wide receiver Tommy Streeter from the practice squad, waiving second-year wide receiver Mike Brown. Streeter (6-feet-5, 215 pounds), a sixth-round selection by Baltimore in 2012, has spent the last two months on the practice squad after being signed on September 29. Brown played in 18 games with eight starts since signing with the team as a rookie free agent in 2012. He played in five games this season. …

*Rookie linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle) did not practice and second-year linebacker LaRoy Reynolds (neck) was limited. Each player was listed as questionable. …

*Defensive end Andre Branch worked full a second consecutive day after working limited Wednesday and was listed as probable. He is expected to play Sunday for the first time since sustaining a groin injury Week 7 against Cleveland. …

*Defensive end Chris Clemons worked full after missing practice with a veteran day off Thursday. He was listed as probable. ….

*Quarterback Blake Bortles (left wrist) worked full for a third consecutive day and was listed as probable. …

*Wide receiver Cecil Shorts III worked full for a second consecutive day after missing Wednesday with the flu. He was listed as probable. …

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