Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Cecil Shorts is dealing with a very painful sprained sternoclavicular (SC) joint, which is leaving his status for Week 7 as a game time decision. Shorts has been dealing with significant pain all week, even needing help putting on his jersey and not being able to sleep due to the severe pain. Shorts remains confident that he will play on Sunday, so last minute checks of the inactive report will tell us all we need to know about his availability.
Injury Outlook: Shorts’ injury was to the SC joint, which is the joint where the medial portion of the clavicle (collar bone) meets the sternum (chest bone). If you remember, this is the joint that Danny Amendola dislocated last year that caused him to miss multiple weeks. Although Shorts’ injury is not that severe, this is the type of injury that requires quite a bit of pain tolerance because, although there isn’t a ton of motion that occurs at this joint, it moves and is stressed every time the shoulder moves. Think about how difficult that would be to have to tolerate moderate to severe pain everytime you moved your shoulder. I think Shorts has a chance to play this week, nonetheless, but my bigger concern is him taking a hit or landing wrong on the shoulder early in the game, which would essentially be a wasted spot on your fantasy roster. I’d err on the side of caution and sit him this week regardless of whether he plays or not, then pick up next week and see how much he practices to gauge where he stands for Week 8.