JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Cecil Shorts' best season as an NFL receiver could be coming to a premature end.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' third-year pro has been hampered with a groin injury for much of the season. He played through the pain and had started the first 13 games, but in Sunday's game against Buffalo, was listed as an inactive.
On Monday, Shorts said the smartest thing to do was to shut it down for this year and look ahead to next season.
"Probably," Shorts said with a laugh. "That's the best thing. We have an idea of what we're going to do. I don't want to speak on it right now, but that's probably the best thing for it honestly.
"I'm just trying to stay positive. If the decision is made when we talk about it, that I'm done for the year, then that's the case."
Shorts was unable to practice much Friday. He said he ran four or five plays and it wasn't good. He later confirmed that he would need surgery to repair the injured area.
"I didn't feel any power or explosiveness in there. It was very tough to do anything and there was a whole lot of pain," he said. "I knew then that I couldn't play on Sunday."
On Monday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley stopped short of saying the team would place Shorts on injured reserve, have the surgery and get an early start on the rehab process.
"Cecil is not improving," Bradley said. General manager "Dave (Caldwell) and I will sit down and discuss this with Cecil later on today or tomorrow where he's at.
"I think we have more concern with the injury now. When Cecil talks to us as coaches and what he's feeling, he's such a strong competitor and wants to play, but the longer we're around him, you can sense when it's really bothering him. And I think he's at that point right now."
Shorts has caught a career-best 66 passes this season, surpassing his previous best of 55 a year ago. He has 777 yards, behind only the 971 yards he had last year.
He was one of four Jaguars starters who missed Sunday's game with the Bills. Leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring), offensive guard Will Rackley (concussion) and strong safety Johnathan Cyprien were also on the inactive list for the Buffalo game.