JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marqise Lee was back on the practice field for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and there's a chance the third-year receiver could play in Thursday's preseason opener against the New York Jets.
Lee did only individual work on Sunday but that was the first time he had participated in any part of practice since the first day of training camp. He suffered a mild left hamstring strain and missed the next seven practices (including Friday night's scrimmage). Coach Gus Bradley said the team will know more about Lee's status on Monday because they want to see how his hamstring responds.
"It seems like with his tempo work and everything that he’s doing, his high-speed accelerations, all that we look at, [he has made] really good progress," Bradley said.
Lee insisted that this hamstring strain wouldn't keep him off the field very long -- and certainly not as long as hamstring injuries have kept him out of action in the past -- and it turned out he was correct.
"It's nothing crazy," Lee said after his injury. "I felt it a little bit as far as a little fatigue and therefore I relayed it over to Gus and they decided to shut me down.
"Not as serious [as his previous hamstring injuries] at all. I feel I can go but they're not going to allow me to."
Lee fought a hamstring injury during the first half of his rookie season (2014) and missed three games before finishing with 37 catches for 422 yards and one touchdown. After missing most of training camp, all of the preseason and six of the first eight games because of a hamstring injury, Lee finally got healthy and stayed on the field for the Jaguars’ final eight games in 2015 -- but he caught just 15 passes.
However, Lee was healthy this past spring and participated in every organized team activity and the team’s three-day minicamp. He got extra reps because Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns were limited, and he took advantage of that additional work and was clearly the Jaguars’ best receiver. He entered camp competing with second-year player Rashad Greene to be the Jaguars' No. 3 receiver.