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Cecil Shorts injury: Jaguars WR returns to practice

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Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been cleared to return to practice and play in Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Mike Ehrmann

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III has been cleared to return to practice on Wednesday. Shorts suffered a concussion late in the game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 13 and missed the next week of practice despite passing his baseline concussion test.

Shorts, the Jaguars best receiver, was held out of Sunday's matchup against the New York Jets and the offense struggled to pass the football without him. The team was forced to start undrafted rookie Kevin Elliott and a slew of receivers who had been picked up mid-season.

Shorts has a chance to be the first 1,000 yard receiver for the Jaguars since the 2005 season, the final year of Jimmy Smith's career. On the season so far, Shorts has 43 receptions for 824 yards and 7 touchdowns. Shorts has multiple touchdowns of 30+ yards and has been the team's biggest threat down the football field all season.