The lingering groin injury that’s plagued Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts has now shut him down for the season. The 3rd year wideout, from the University of Mount Union, has been battling through this injury since Week 8, but finally missed his first game of the season Week 15 against the Bills.
Shorts ended up with 66 catches for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. The 2012-13 season wasn’t the easiest on Shorts, who also fought through a shoulder injury sustained in Week 6, but he has shown heart and determination all year, battling through both injuries and a congruently diminished role.
Shorts voiced his displeasure in Week 11, after seeing only 1 target until midway through the 4th quarter, but came back to lead the team in both catches and yards (8, 71) in Week 12. However, heart and determination aren’t going to get Cecil through the rest of the season, as he finally said [sitting out] is “probably the best thing for it.”
Through all the thick and thin of 2013, Cecil Shorts has got to see the silver lining of an extremely adverse season. Despite battling multiple injuries and missing many practices, Shorts only sat out 1 game and managed to put up respectable numbers for a man in constant pain. Shorts had 11 more catches this season than last, but went for 202 fewer yards.
However, the real victory here is not Shorts’ number of catches, but the fact that he was able to suit up week in and week out without aggravating this pesky injury. Surprisingly enough, Shorts will NOT have to undergo offseason surgery and, rather, will be back to full strength with some simple rehabbing.
All in all, Shorts’ season was a disappointing, and painful, journey, but the 25 year old managed to make it out without detrimental damage and can surely look forward to 2014.