Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; WR Lee Injured in Practice, First at Indoor Facility

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; WR Lee Injured in Practice, First at Indoor Facility

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

The Jaguars' first practice in their indoor facility was marred Sunday by an injury to receiver Marqise Lee.

During a 7-on-7 drill late in the workout, Lee crumpled to the turf in front of linebacker Telvin Smith and yelled out in pain while clutching his lower right leg. Smith said he made no contact with Lee before he was injured.

After several minutes, he was helped onto a cart, but put no weight on the leg.

"I know that he was running a route and looking for a spot in the zone, and stopped," coach Doug Marrone said. "I know they were touching around in the lower (leg area), but we're not going to get anything until the doctor sees him."

Lee was working as the Jaguars' No. 2 receiver throughout training camp. He played 16 games last year and is a free agent in March.


Quarterback Blake Bortles took only 10 snaps of 11-on-11 and six snaps of 7-on-7 work.

"Actually, we were looking at the pitch count after yesterday, and we went in and said, 'Let's just rest him,'" Marrone said. "It was basically for rest."

Bortles threw two interceptions (by linebacker Paul Posluszny in 11-on-11 and by cornerback Tyler Patmon in 7-on-7), but Marrone said "absolutely not," when asked if that was the reason Bortles was shut down.

Quarterback Chad Henne assumed Bortles' first-team reps, the first time he has done that since the opening day of practice (July 27) when Bortles needed an IV in the trainer's tent.

Henne was 14-of-17 passing in 11-on-11.


The Jaguars' linebacker situation got significantly more interesting Sunday.

Posluszny, the normal strong-side backer, took snaps as the first-team middle backer in base defense situations.

Myles Jack, the current starting middle linebacker, saw time on the strong side and played alongside Smith in nickel (two linebackers) situations.

"I'm trying to find the best three," Marrone said. "I just want to make sure, for our base downs, we've got the best three players out there. We're evaluating and just want to make sure."

Posluszny, playing middle linebacker as a two-down player, and Jack/Smith being the sub-package backers might have made the most sense from the outset of the off-season. …

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