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Dekoda Watson could start Jaguars season on the PUP list

The Jacksonville Jaguars free agent acquisition could miss part of the preseason on the PUP list due to surgery for a sports hernia.

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Dekoda Watson could start his career as a Jacksonville Jaguars player on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to begin the 2014 NFL season. Watson has been sidelined all offseason so far with a leg injury, but according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union, Watson had surgery for a sports hernia and could end up on the PUP list.

Jaguars outside linebacker Dekoda Watson could start training camp next week on the physically unable to perform list because of sports hernia surgery. According to a source, Watson underwent the procedure in late June and the expectation is that he'll still be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener at Philadelphia.

Watson joined the Jaguars in the 2014 offseason on a three-year deal, as he was expected to play the team's new OTTO linebacker position, which is essentially an extra pass rusher on most downs. Watson injured his groin in May and has been sidelined ever since, missing all of the team's mini-camps and OTA practices. As mentioned, he stands to miss most of training camp and likely most of the Jaguars preseason recovering from the injury.

Dekoda Watson was originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida State University. He spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being signed by the Jaguars.

With Watson on the sidelines however, it's given valuable snaps to second-year linebacker LaRoy Reynolds, who the team is cross-training at the OTTO linebacker position.