The Jacksonville Jaguars do not anticipate left deal with Cam Robinson and receiver Marqise Lee to be prepared for the season opener.
Coach Doug Marrone offered an replace on the 2 starters Saturday, saying “we simply cannot get them over the hump.”
“We have got to go and begin making ready to play with out them, sadly,” Marrone added. “It might change, clearly, however it’d be powerful.”
Robinson, a second-round draft choose in 2017, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee final September — throughout a Week 2 win towards New England. Lee, who led the workforce in receptions in 2017, tore a number of ligaments in his left knee when Atlanta cornerback Damontae Kazee delivered a helmet-first hit to his knee in a preseason recreation final August.
Neither has practiced in coaching camp, and each stay on the bodily unable to carry out record.
Robinson’s absence is seemingly extra problematic contemplating the Jaguars have few viable choices behind him. Josh Wells is anticipated to maneuver into the beginning spot, however he is missed extra video games (41) than he is performed in (39) throughout 5 seasons. Cedric Ogbuehi, a first-round draft choose by Cincinnati in 2015, additionally might get a shot.
“We’ll discover out,” Marrone stated. “Somebody shall be on the market, I can let you know that.”
Including to Jacksonville’s accidents woes, the workforce had one other dozen gamers sitting out apply Saturday due to numerous accidents. It is not the end result Marrone wished when he lightened the workload in camp.
“Dangerous luck, I assume,” Marrone stated. “You do not all the time get utopia, the way in which you need to apply in an ideal world. You have to make modifications and do issues. I made a ton of them. It looks as if it is not working to date.”
Gamers have been on the sector practically two hours sooner than they had been in 2018, avoiding the most popular a part of the day and afternoon thunderstorms. They get 90 minutes after apply for lunch and visits with household and mates. They’ve restoration time constructed into the schedule, too, permitting gamers to get cryotherapy, cupping, dry needling or different therapeutic care after lunch.
They depart the ability within the afternoon and maintain conferences at a close-by resort, offering gamers with a quick break to journey between venues and permitting them to go straight to their rooms as soon as the nightly classes finish.
Marrone’s about-face started when workforce proprietor Shad Khan requested how he deliberate to scale back the variety of accidents. Marrone began digging into analysis and speaking to consultants. He realized that an unusually excessive variety of soft-tissue accidents happen through the first 10 days of camp, whereas gamers are nonetheless getting acclimated to the warmth and tempo.
Even after all of the modifications, the Jaguars have not less than six gamers lacking apply due to soft-tissues accidents. They embody cornerback A.J. Bouye, rookie tight finish Josh Oliver (hamstring), receiver Terrell Pryor (hamstring), guard Andrew Norwell (quadriceps) and working again Benny Cunningham (hamstring).
Marrone rested 31 gamers within the preseason opener at Baltimore and is anticipated to do the identical this Thursday towards Philadelphia.
“We’re attempting to get guys to the season and able to go,” Marrone stated. “That is why practices are the way in which they’re and that is why we’re taking part in the way in which we’re. Is it one thing that we would love to do, myself personally? Completely not. That is not been my background.
“I’ve modified, clearly, the philosophy of what I’ve had within the preseason, and I’ve needed to do it. It was one thing that was form of pressured with the accidents and all the things that occurred.”
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