Monday morning the Jaguars confirmed everyone’s worst fears about the left knee injury to Marqise Lee: he suffered a ligament tear (believed to be his ACL) and will miss the 2018 season.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone informed the media of the diagnosis late morning Monday:
WATCH: Coach Doug Marrone meets with the media. https://t.co/LBRpunjiTR
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) August 27, 2018
Lee was hit in the first quarter Saturday night by Falcons reserve defensive back Damontae Kazee on this play after a reception and it’s obvious that his left leg contorted at an awkward angle:
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) August 25, 2018
You knew that those on the field were fearing the worst, when teammate Leonard Fournette came over immediately to pray beside Lee while he was being tended to, and then Lee was carted off the field.
Lee had 56 catches for 702 yards and three TDs in 2017. He became more prominent in Jacksonville’s pass offense, when Allen Robinson suffered a season ending knee injury in the opener and Allen Hurns suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for a lengthy period of time.
The Jags elected to allow both Robinson and Hurns leave via free agency, while giving Lee a new contract back in March. Jacksonville also signed free agent Donte Moncrief from the Colts to a lucrative one year deal to help their receiving corp.
We wrote Sunday that Jacksonville may be interested in former Cowboys Pro Bowl WR Dez Bryant. However, that will be complicated by the fact that Bryant is also in talks with the Cleveland Browns, currently.
The Jaguars have approximately $11 million under the cap at the moment with the start of the season approaching. And, they may be content to go with Moncrief, Keelan Cole and DeDe Westbrook, as well as rookie second round pick D.J. Chark to start the season.
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