The injury bug has already hit the Jacksonville Jaguars and it hit them hard.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jaguars first-round draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. tore the ACL in his left knee during the first day of rookie minicamp and will now be out for the rest of the season. The Florida product was selected last over a week ago by the Jaguars with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft.
As you can see in the slowed down animated gif below, Fowler fell down and was clutching his left knee while trying to beat an offensive lineman. It was originally reported that the injury took place during an 11-on-11 drill and if that is true, the Jaguars might have some explaining to do beings as that’s not allowed during Phase-Two of the offseason.
Even though Fowler has yet to sign his contract, Schefter reports that he did sign an injury protection waiver prior to practicing that “obligates the Jaguars to negotiate in good faith.” Fowler is expected to eventually sign a four-year, $23.5 million contract that’s fully guaranteed.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to play the Jaguars during the preseason in Jacksonville.