Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles played part of the 2016 NFL season with two shoulder separations and wrist tendonitis, according to ESPN’s Mike DiRocco.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles told @ESPNdirocco that he played this season with two shoulder separatoins and wrist tendonitis.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2017
There’s no word yet on when Bortles suffered these injuries, but I’d imagine it happened Week 11 against the Detroit Lions. Bortles missed his only snap of the season after being tackled at the end of the first half. by opposing defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah.
Both of these injuries would severely limit Bortles’ range of motion. Two separated shoulders could contribute to Bortles’ awful mechanics. Wrist tendonitis — and the inflammation and swelling it would cause in Bortles’ arm — wouldn’t help either. But if it happened in the middle of the season, it wouldn’t explain the regression we saw from the beginning of the year on.
As we hear more about when these injuries happened and if they’ll require surgery, we’ll update this story.