There have not been many positives to talk about with the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, but one of the bright spots has been the emergence of wide receiver Cecil Shorts as a legitimate weapon in the passing game.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Shorts suffered a concussion two weeks ago in a loss to the Buffalo Bills and missed last Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. Shorts returned to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since suffering the concussion, but Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey remained non-committal as to whether he would play this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
The Jaguars are right to be cautious with Shorts as he works to come back from his concussion, especially with some of the problems they have had with other players dealing with concussions. The Jaguars cut linebacker Clint Session earlier this month after he could never recover from suffering two concussions in the same game last season and they also had to place wide receiver Laurent Robinson on the injured reserve list after he suffered four concussions this season.
While the Jaguars offense is not the same without Shorts on the field, at 2-11 the Jaguars season is far past the point of saving. The Jaguars have absolutely no reason to rush Shorts back to action if he is not 100% recovered.
It would be nice to see Shorts become the first Jaguars receiver to reach the 1,000 receiving yard mark since Jimmy Smith achieved the feat in 2005, but his future appears to be extremely bright and it would be unwise for the Jaguars to risk that.
So, Shorts will remain questionable for the Dolphins game this Sunday, but if there is any doubt the Jaguars should keep him on the sidelines.