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Clay Harbor to likely miss regular season opener vs. Eagles

The backup tight end spent three seasons in Philadelphia, but a left calf strain suffered in training camp has left him doubtful for the regular season opener.

Brian Bahr

The Jacksonville Jaguars were already thin at tight end heading into the season, but that doesn't mean backup Clay Harbor is going to rush himself back for the season opener.

The fifth-year tight end spend his first three years in Philadelphia, catching 47 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns. Harbor wants to get back onto the field, but knows that he could miss a lot more time if he reaggravates a calf injury he suffered back in July.

"It doesn’t look good unless something unforeseen happens," Harbor told Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida-Times Union. "I probably won’t be a go this week, but I’ll keep pushing to get back on the field. At five weeks, I’m still a week away from what the prognosis is and that’s probably where it feels like I am."

That means that Mickey Shuler, who was claimed from the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon, is the primary backup behind Marcedes Lewis.

Shuler was originally a seventh-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2010 NFL Draft, but was released the same season in final cuts and claimed by the Miami Dolphins. He's spent time in the NFL with seven different teams and will join his eighth team in the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If Shuler plays on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, it will be the seventh game of his career and his first since 2010.