The poor got poorer this week, as the 2-13 Jacksonville Jaguars placed one of their brightest stars on injured reserve.
Shorts burst onto the scene in his second season out of Division III Mount Union, falling just short of the 1,000-yard plateau, leading the Jaguars with 979 receiving yards on 55 receptions. He started nine games this season, scored seven touchdowns and averaged 17.8 yards per reception.
The former Purple Raider brought dynamic big-play ability to Jacksonville, along with a penchant for taking the top off defenses. He had become the perfect complement to rookie Justin Blackmon's size.