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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders wont get to ease back into football.With rookie Marqise Lee (hamstring) ruled out against Pittsburgh and fellow receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) doubtful to play Sunday, Sanders likely will see a heavy workload in his return from a four-game suspension.I dont know what to expect, Sanders said Wednesday. Im just going in, whatever they ask me to do, Ill do it. If it turns out, Ill be ready for it.Sanders missed the first quarter of the season for violating the NFLs substance-abuse policy. He practiced Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 26. It was his fourth time on the field with the Jaguars (0-4) since organized team activities ended in June.Sanders took a 31-day leave of absence in late July, missing all of training camp and most of the preseason. He returned Aug. 24, practiced for three days and played in the preseason finale against Atlanta.He has been in meetings since, but unable to practice or attend games with the team.It could be tough at times, but at the end of the day, its only yourself that you can blame for the reason you were out, said Sanders, who also was the teams primary punt returner in 2013. You couldnt harp on it too much. Just have to look at some of the positive stuff. You actually get a chance to sit down and be a spectator and actually take what you see watching the game and remember that stuff when you get back to play. Thats really what I did.Sanders announced July 22 that he was leaving the team and seeking treatment. The NFL suspended him the next day without pay. Sanders said personal issues caused his misstep and added that he was dealing with a lot of stuff, just with life and family and a lot of issues going on.He said Wednesday hes in a better place.Being back on the field made him feel even better.I think hes in a really good place right now, coach Gus Bradley said. I know these last couple of weeks were tough on him, but it went fast for him and now hes got a chance. I think hes truly just looking forward where hes at.A fourth-round draft pick in 2013 from South Carolina, Sanders caught 51 passes for 484 yards and a touchdown last season. He became one of 42 rookies over the last 20 years to catch at least 50 passes in their initial season.He was at his best down the stretch, with 35 receptions for 302 yards and a score in the final seven games. The Jaguars are hoping he can pick up where he left off.There will be some natural rust, offensive co-ordinator Jedd Fisch said. Not just the rust, but you have to feel the game a little bit. … He missed four games and the preseason. This is his first game back. There will be some rust. Were going to have to look at that and see what we can do to help him get going early.Quarterback Blake Bortles, who will make his second start against the Steelers (2-2), hopes to develop a quick rapport with Sanders a€” especially with Lee out and Shorts likely to join him on the sideline Sunday.Having Ace back is a huge help and were excited for him, excited to have him back out there practicing, Bortles said. I look forward to seeing what he can do. … From watching him run routes last year on film, he does a great job running routes, getting open, hes smart. I look forward to throwing him the football.___AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Graham Glasgow Jersey. However, Therrien added that Galchenyuks status for next Wednesdays game against the Detroit Red Wings is questionable. 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The Canucks figured to be active prior to Wednesdays trade deadline, getting a jump on things the previous day when they dealt goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers for netminder Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias. GLASGOW — Kirsten Sweetland pumped her arms, grit her teeth and ran hard through the finish line — and in that moment put six years of pain and frustration behind her. The 25-year-old from Victoria captured Canadas first medal of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, a silver in the womens triathlon. “Totally pain free. It feels so good,” Sweetland said with a tired smile. “It feels unbelievable to get a medal.” Sweetland raced Englands Jodie Stimpson neck-and-neck through the 10-kilometre run before Stimpson pulled away down the stretch to win gold in one hour 58 minutes 56 seconds. Sweetland took the silver in 1:59.01, while Englands Vicky Holland crossed in 1:59.11 for bronze. Calgarys Ellen Pennock crashed on her bike and has a broken collarbone. Sarah-Anne Brault of Winnipeg was instructed to drop out during the run to focus on Saturdays relay race. Andrew Yorke of Caledon, Ont., finished fourth in the mens race. Sweetlands race to the podium closed the book — finally — on a dizzying bad-luck story that began when she missed out on qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and included suffering seven stress fractures and a torn plantar fascia. “Were talking about a redeveloping Kirsten here, so awesome. Awesome for Kirsten,” said Canadian coach Jaime Turner. “She ran really tough today, I thought she was quite clinical and ruthless out there. “Let the players play and she followed and came up with an awesome result.” Sweetland was a rising star in the triathlon world when she became the youngest Canadian to win a World Cup race at the age of 18. She was on pace for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team, standing third in a qualifying race in which she needed only to finish top-eight. But she fainted 400 metres from the finish line. From that point on, its been years of one stress fracture after another, first in her tibia and then her pelvis — shed later discover the trouble stemmed from one of her legs being longer than the other. The most severe injury was the torn plantar fascia — the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. “I would get the whole winter of training done, nobody knew that I was working hard, and then right about race season Id be out again. And again. And again,” she said. Last season was the first in years that she managed to put some races together, only to suffer a stomach ailment last summer that was diagnosed as a severe allergy to eggs and milk. “So this is the first year that Im making it through a whole season,” she said. Still, her confidence had seeped away with the long months and years of being out and wasnt restored until 10 days before Glasgow, when she raced to bronze in a World Triathlon Series event in Hamburg, Germany. “Thats huge,” she said of the mental component of racing. “Until that race I wouldnt have believed I could get a medal today. “I still put these girls on a pedestal. You start to lose a bit of confidence in your running because running is something you need to consistently do. Doesnt matter how talented you are and how much speed you have, to have to consistently train in order to be up with the best. And it had been so long since I had that so I started to lose that (confidence).” She wasnt lacking for any Thursday. The five-foot-four Canadian was 11th in the 1,500-metre swim but laid down the fastest time in the 40-kilometre bike to put her second going into the 10-kilometre run. And then it was a foot race between the top six athletes, with Sweetland and Stimpson barely giving an inch to the other until the home stretch. “I just tried to stick on Jodies shoulder for the run and hang on for as long as I could,” she said.dddddddddddd Sweetland was asked if she feels sympathy for Canadian teammate Paula Findlay, who finished last at the 2012 London Olympics amid a series of soul-crushing injuries and ailments of her own. Findlay wasnt on the team for Glasgow. Sweetland nodded yes, she understands. The two, in fact, have been each others cheerleader in their attempts to return to top health. “Its really just your approach to it and how your roll with it,” Sweetland said. “Its about putting in the work and not expecting the results. “When athletes are younger and dont have injuries to deal with, they think of the work as a means to an end. But if you enjoy the work and put it in without expectations, it just sort of comes up. It feels like I didnt even work for this, its been so fun.” The 25-year-old Yorke was 17th out of the water, then 13th after the bike, but made up ground in the run portion. English brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee already had more than a minutes lead on the field by that point, Alistair going on to win gold and Jonathan taking silver. Richard Murray of South Africa won the bronze. Yorke outsprinted Australias Ryan Bailie to nab fourth by three seconds. “I thought that if everything went absolutely perfectly, and some people kind of tanked, I could have come third, but its always a dream,” Yorke said. “But to find myself running in fourth, I told myself this morning I had nothing to lose, and that was my motto the whole day. I was out there thinking Youre hurting, but just kick. Whats the worth thing thats going to happen?” The Canadian crossed the finish line then wobbled on his feet for a few steps before dropping to the ground. An official leaned over him to dump water on his face. “I think that was just more indicative of my effort with the kick (than the heat),” he said. A huge crowd turned out for the first medal event of the Games, packing the grandstand at the finish line. They stood a dozen deep at some spots along the picturesque course at Strathclyde Country Park on the southeastern edge of Glasgow, enjoying the cloudless sky and temperatures that soared to 26 C. Sweetlands medal and Yorkes fourth-place finish were the bright spots on an up and down day for Canada. Pennock and Sweetland had come out of the water virtually even before Pennock crashed twice in the bike portion. The first came when she appeared to clip the back wheel of South Africas Kate Roberts, sending the two crashing to the road. The second incident saw her go down when she clipped her wheel on a barrier. She was taken from the course by ambulance to the Games medical centre. “Oh no, Ellens my good friend and my little buddy,” Sweetland said, when informed of the crash. “Thats terrible to hear.” Turner made the decision then to pull Brault from the race early on in her run. “We need Sarah-Anne in two days time with fresh legs,” Turner said. “Theres no point Sarah marching on in the individual race without being in a dominant position.” Brault, 24, struggled on the swimming portion, coming out of the water in 16th place. “Today wasnt there,” Brault said. “Its really disappointing because I thought I was ready to have a good one, and I think it would have been a lot fun to race up at the front with the girls but when you come out of the swim that far back (its difficult to make up much ground).” Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., was 11th in the mens race, while Matthew Sharpe of Campbell River, B.C., was 21st. 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