NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the belief is receiver Marqise Lee will play this week after missing the past two games with an ankle injury, per a source informed of the situation.
Lee sat out of practice Wednesday and Thursday.
The fourth-year pro was morphing into a playmaking target for Bortles before suffering the ankle injury in Week 15. Lee averaged 5.3 catches per game, for 339 yards and three touchdowns over his past six full games. He still led the Jags with 56 receptions on the season despite missing the past fortnight.
The 26-year-old pro displays an ability to fight for the ball at the catch-point, giving Bortles someone he can trust in tight quarters, and has feasted on crossing routes this season.
Once dubbed "the albino tiger" by a former offensive coordinator for his inability to stay healthy, Lee's return will be a big boon for a quarterback who struggled without him on the field.
Here are other injuries we're tracking on Thursday:
- Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again on Thursday and has been ruled out. Derrick Henry will get the start on Saturday. Murray, who suffered the injury during Week 16 of the regular season against the Los Angeles Rams, also sat out of practice Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess (shoulder) and tackle Matt Kalil (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday. Guard Trai Turner was a full participant in practice but remains in concussion protocol.