Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III suffered an upper body injury on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, but we now know the full extent of the injury. According to head coach Gus Bradley, Shorts has been diagnosed with a sprained sternoclavicular joint, but he will not necessarily miss next week’s game.
“He could play,” Bradley said, via the Jaguars official website. “He’s sore now, so we’ll know more in a couple of days. The good news is the joint is stable.”
As for Shorts, he seems determined to recover as soon as possible and return to the field.
In the meantime, don’t expect to see him showing any signs of the injury.
“I’m not a sling guy,” Shorts said. “I’m not going to walk around looking handicapped when I’m not handicapped. Maurice Jones-Drew always talks about being a pain freak, and I kind of like the pain. I’m not going to be walking around being slinged up.
“I’m going to do what I can, we’ll see what happens. My goal is to get out there and play this week. If I can’t, I can’t. It’s just something that’s kind of hard to deal with that reality, but we’ll see what happens as the week goes on.”
If Shorts can return next week and join a red hot Justin Blackmon in the Jaguars passing attack, the Jaguars could be much closer to earning their first win of the season than any of us would have imagined.