There’s not a great deal that the Jacksonville Jaguars have done right through the first six weeks of the 2013 NFL season. As if their 0-6 record wasn’t indicative enough of that, the Jaguars are last in the league in rushing offense and rushing defense, while also ranking just 25th in passing offense. Their crowning achievements this season are being the 14th best defense against the pass and not allowing the Denver Broncos to cover a 26.5-point spread.
Though it seems like things couldn’t bet much worse for this lowly Jaguars squad, that may actually be what happens coming into their week seven matchup with the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers are obviously favored to win, but with the injury report for the Jaguars, you have to wonder if they’ll be able to score at all.
As of right now, there’s a possibility that the Jags could be without their three leading receivers from this season. Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon and Ace Sanders have all found their way to the injury report this week for Jacksonville.
Sanders is almost certainly not going to play this week. The rookie has 15 catches for 171 yards this season, but is still going through the league’s post-concussion protocol, so he more than likely won’t be in the lineup.
Shorts’ status for Sunday’s game is uncertain at this point, which always is a bit unsettling. As he’s dealing with a sprained SC joint in his shoulder, he was limited in practice on Thursday and all indications seem to point that the team’s leading receiver will be a game-time decision, per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.
Dirocco also reported on Blackmon, saying that the Jaguars expect Blackmon to play after not practicing on Wednesday, being limited on Thursday, and likely not practicing on Friday. Since coming back from a four-game suspension, Blackmon has been on a tear, catching 19 balls for 326 yards and a touchdown. Dealing with strains of his hamstring and groin, it’s hard to put 100 percent certainty on him playing this week, even with positive indications.
Without these three weapons, the Jaguars could look like a shell of an already bad team. They haven’t been able to move the ball on the ground this season and their big play receivers like Shorts, Blackmon and Sanders have been really their best source of offense. If they’re without them, it could get quite ugly against the Chargers this Sunday.