Masahiro Tanaka, who didn’t throw off a mound on Friday, spent a dozen minutes playing catch in the outfield, stretching the distance to 120 feet. Tanaka then threw seven pitches using the windup. It’s possible Tanaka will throw off a mound Saturday or Sunday.
How he feels throwing off the mound is going to be key in determining whether or not he'll pitch again this year. He's been playing catch for the last two weeks and has gradually increased the distance. Coming out of the wind-up even at half speed will be a much better indicator.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Julio Jones did not practice Monday.
Jones is still dealing with a lingering hamstring injury and while he was able to play Sunday, there is concern this week with the short turnaround for the Thursday game. Consider him day-to-day and stay on top of all the latest news before making your final lineup decision. Analysis: Howard Bender
Cecil Shorts thinks he'll play against Jacksonville.
Shorts missed Thursday's game with a shoulder injury but both he and the team believe that he will be able to play this week. With DeAndre Hopkins being the clear-cut No. 1 and with the emergence of Jalen Strong and Keith Mumphrey, it's difficult to see Shorts getting enough work to be a productive fantasy play. He'll still see a few targets if he's on the field, but he'll be hit-or-miss. Analysis: Howard Bender