On Friday, the Jaguars ruled out leading wide receiver Cecil Shorts (concussion) and running back Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) along with four other players for Sunday’s game at EverBank Field.
Shorts has emerged as the Jaguars top receiving weapon this season, but is still suffering symptoms from a concussion he suffered late in last week’s loss to the Buffalo Bills despite passing his baseline test earlier this week. The Jaguars have long since disappeared from the AFC playoff picture, so they may be choosing to be careful with Shorts who has shown that he is going to be an integral piece of the offense moving forward.
The Jaguars will likely start rookie Kevin Elliott in Shorts spot opposite Justin Blackmon on Sunday. After Elliott, however, the Jaguars depth at wide receiver falls to three guys who they have brought in recently in Jordan Shipley, Quan Cosby and Toney Clemons.
Jones-Drew will be missing his seventh consecutive game with a foot injury he suffered back in October. His backup, Rashad Jennings, will also miss Sunday’s game with a concussion. Long-time Jaguars special team captain Montell Owens will get his first career start at running back on Sunday and will be backed up by Richard Murphy and Jordan Todman.
Also ruled out by the Jaguars on Sunday were starting left guard Mike Brewster (hand), defensive back Aaron Ross (calf) and defensive end George Selvie (concussion).
Former second-round draft pick Eben Britton, who lost his starting job to Brewster earlier this season, will start at left guard for the Jaguars on Sunday. The absence of Ross will be offset by the return of Derek Cox this week who will share playing time with Rashean Mathis and Mike Harris on Sunday.