Jacksonville Jaguars Activate Justin Blackmon, Remain Cautious With Cecil Shorts

By Joey Farbo
Jacksonville Jaguars Justin Blackmon
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have an emerging young wide receiver corps developing on its roster, but they have been banged up early in training camp.

The Jaguars got good news on Monday, however, when second-year wide receiver Justin Blackmon was activated from the physically unable to perform list after having groin surgery this offseason. While Blackmon is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, he is able to participate in the Jaguars remaining preseason games as he works to get in playing shape for when he can play in Week 5 against the St. Louis Rams.

Unfortunately, the Jaguars continue to hold wide receiver Cecil Shorts out of practice after he suffered a calf strain in practice early last week. Shorts has been penciled in as the Jaguars top receiver after having a breakout season in 2012 and was having an excellent training camp before he was injured. The Jaguars coaching staff will likely continue to err on the side of caution with Shorts as they would like him to be completely healthy for the start of the regular season.

Shorts and Blackmon figure to be the leaders of a young group of receivers that will likely feature rookie Ace Sanders and Mike Brown, who both have had solid training camp performances.

The Jaguars also got back second-round pick Jonathan Cyprien for the first time since camp opened back in July. Cyprien, who is expected to start at safety alongside Dwight Lowery, injured his hamstring while working out the week before camp opened.

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