The Jacksonville Jaguars season of fun continues this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, but the good news is that they’ll go into the game with both of their top receivers, as Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are both listed as probable and expected to play. Blackmon did not practice on Friday (hamstring) and Shorts was able to practice on a limited basis (sternoclavicular joint).
Injury Outlook: Both guys should and will play, so there’s not doubt about that. Blackmon not practicing today looks like simple injury management, a way to get him some rest to allow him to be as fresh as possible for Sunday’s game. Blackmon should be just fine this week.
Shorts will again play through a sprain to the sternoclavicular joint, which is the joint that connects the collar bone to the chest bone. This type of sprain is stressed with any overhead motions at the shoulder, so there is a moderate level of pain tolerance with this type of injury. In addition, there can be a higher risk of re-injury because of how tied to the shoulder complex it is and because of how shallow the joint itself is.
Shorts played really well last week, so there’s no reason to think he can’t do it again. You just have to know that his risk of re-injury mid game is always going to be there until he can play limitation and pain-free while also allowing physiologic healing to occur. He appears to be ready to go, so if you’re relying on him, get him in your lineup.