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MJD still out; Blackmon and Shorts to play for Jaguars

By Tim Graham

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is out for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, but the Jacksonville Jaguars will have both of their top receivers.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey announced Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts will play. Newly acquired defensive end Jason Babin also will play and could be in the starting lineup.

Blackmon (groin) and Shorts (hamstring) sat out Thursday's practice, but were back today.

Shorts has been a star in recent weeks. He leads the NFL at 20.8 yards per catch. He has 36 receptions for 747 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns.

Blackmon's 38 catches lead the Jaguars. He has 548 yards and three touchdowns.

Jones-Drew, one of the NFL's best running backs when healthy, will miss his sixth straight game with a left foot injury. Rashad Jennings has been his replacement, averaging just 2.8 yards a carry.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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