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Marqise Lee cleared to be full participant in Jaguars camp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It wasn’t all bad news for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday. Receiver Marqise Lee will be available for Friday’s start to training camp.

The second-year player from USC missed all of organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp with a knee injury but he has been cleared for full participation when the Jaguars take the practice field at 9:55 a.m. ET.

"Marqise is doing good," coach Gus Bradley said. "I’m excited for him. I know there’s a lot of questions and things like that but I don’t have a doubt with Marqise. I really like what I’ve seen in him and his approach."

Lee, whom the Jaguars took with 39th overall pick in 2014, had battled injuries throughout his short career. He missed most of OTAs in 2014 because of an ankle injury and missed three games early in the season because of a hamstring injury.

Lee finished his rookie season with 37 catches for 422 yards and one touchdown. It wasn’t until after the Jaguars’ bye week (Week 11) that he was able to make an impact. He was targeted 23 times and caught 13 passes for 141 yards in the first 10 weeks of the season but was targeted 41 times and caught 24 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown in the final six games.

Lee said he struggled to pick up the offense as a rookie and receivers coach Jerry Sullivan has said he and former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who was fired after the season, are partly responsible for that because they overloaded the former USC standout.

Recapping the personnel moves the Jaguars made earlier in the week, the team placed defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (torn right ACL) and safety James Sample (fractured right arm) on the active/PUP list, defensive end Nordly Capi (hamstring) on the active/non-football injury list, and running back Storm Johnson on the active/non-football illness list.

All four players count against the 90-man roster limit.

Sample should return in a few weeks but the Jaguars are still unsure when Marks will be able to return. He suffered his injury in the 2014 regular-season finale and had surgery in January. His rehab is on schedule, Bradley said.

"We’ll see how he progresses," Bradley said. "He’s done a really good job in the offseason but I think that’s more week to week as we go through it. You see the strides even greater now but he was here all during the summer, worked out with our training staff, so I think as they get a chance to get him on the field more and start running a little bit more maybe it will progress even faster."