There just had to be a catch right? The Jaguars make the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Blake Bortles is playing solid and at times impressive football, and the defense is as menacing as ever.
There just had to be a catch, though and that catch is injuries. Injuries at one particular spot.
The Jags already beaten up receiver corps that took another hit after their loss Sunday in San Francisco, as Jaelen Strong has gone down suffering a torn ACL.
Strong was acquired off waivers from the Houston Texans earlier this season after being a third-round pick in 2015, but hardly made an impact in Houston.
Strong’s first grab on the day was a diving touchdown on a pass that bounced of Leonard Fournette’s hands and right into the area where Strong was running (photo above). He finished the game with three catches for 38 yards and the his first score as a Jaguar.
With Strong now gone for the year and Marquise Lee, sidelined with an ankle sprain of his own and his own injury history, Jaguar fans have to be wondering if they can keep anyone healthy. There is slight hope that Lee can be back for a playoff game, but he is no sure thing to be ready in 10 days or so.
The good news on the veteran receiver front, is Jags will hope Allen Hurns can come back and make an impact either in week 17 or a least for the wild-card game in the playoffs. Hurns, who has been suffering an ankle sprain of his own, was able to return to practice last week, but was not active for 49ers game.
Will Doug Marrone and staff choose to use Hurns some in a limited role in Sunday’s game with Tennessee.
In the meantime, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and Jaydon Mickens will hold down the fort until further notice, when for the Jags sake, one or both of Hurns and Lee can return to help.
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