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Playing for the first time since sustaining a concussion two weeks ago, a second knock to the head didn't concern Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts. He went through two full days of practice, showing enough that the Jaguars kept only four receivers active for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. But that didn't mean there wasn't a feeling-out process. "The first quarter, I was trying to get my feet wet a little bit," Shorts said after the Jaguars' 24-3 loss. Shorts didn't get involved until late in the first quarter and he didn't flash until gains of 18 and 17 yards on inside slant routes.
MOMENTUM KILLER Mike Mularkey said the Jaguars committed too many penalties Sunday. The Jaguars' head coach took the blame for that immediately, but one particularly important penalty . . .Well, the Jaguars didn't exactly agree with it in the aftermath of a loss in Miami Sunday. The penalty in question turned the game's momentum, and came with the Jaguars and Dolphins tied 3-3 in the second quarter. One play after a Miami turnover, quarterback
This one, as it turned out, was much more of the same. Yet again. The Jaguars lost to the Miami Dolphins Sunday, 24-3. They lost because they allowed too many rushing yards, and made too many mistakes. They lost because they dropped passes, because they didn't make crucial plays at crucial times and because once adversity hit, it just kept hitting. If that sounds familiar, it's because it is. Mistakes and missed opportunities . . . Well, if those things in a very real sense defined the loss Sunday - a game the Jaguars could have won and certainly could have and should have made much closer - in just a real sense they have defined a lot of Jaguars games this season.