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Marqise Lee of Jacksonville Jaguars plans to play but status up in air

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marqise Lee is planning on playing in the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ first playoff game since 2007 on Sunday.

As for whether his sprained right ankle will allow him to do so, that’s a different matter.

“You’re going to ask me if I’m thinking about Sunday and playing, I think I’ll be out there, but I can’t tell you what the coaches and the trainers are going to decide,” Lee said. “From my standpoint I believe I should be fine and be out there.”

Lee said he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab from the high ankle sprain suffered early in the team’s Dec. 17 victory over Houston. He has not practiced since the injury but did some running off to the side during practice on Wednesday for the first time since the injury.

That had him optimistic that he will be able to play against the Bills (9-7) in the first home playoff game for the Jaguars (10-6) since 1999.

“In my head I’m going so I’m just going to put it like that,” Lee said. “I’m getting it right. I’m getting treatment in the sense of thinking about me playing on Sunday.”

Lee is the Jaguars’ leading receiver (56 catches) and the team has really missed his presence the last two games. Quarterback Blake Bortles has been forced to rely on rookies Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook and first-year player Jaydon Mickens as his primary targets because Allen Hurns, the Jaguars’ No. 2 receiver, had missed six consecutive games before his return last Sunday.

Cole, Westbrook and Mickens played well in the first three weeks of December, combining for 30 catches for 575 yards and six touchdowns. However, the trio has struggled the past two weeks with drops (including Westbrook dropping a perfectly-thrown pass that would have been a touchdown), fumbles, and running the wrong routes.

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