It’s always exciting when organized team activities (OTAs) roll around in the summer, but it’s also scary as well. As soon as you start seeing the reports of players getting hurt in “underwear practice” and suffering things like torn ACLs and other season ending injuries, a slight sense of dread takes over when you start seeing injuries and live reports from OTAs.
Thankfully for the Jacksonville Jaguars, all of the players sidelined on OTAs so far seem to be guys recovering from injuries from last season or just being held out for minor issues as precaution.
“Any player that is out there in a limited role or whatever role, I’m really not going to discuss. He is out there on the field whether he just does a walkthrough or just does limited reps. You guys will see him out there and that will be fine,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said when asked about injuries Thursday.
“Really right now, we only have five players that are here getting themselves ready to get back on the field. Tommy Bohanon is one. Carson Tinker, you guys know about. Obviously, that is from last year. Dante Fowler is three. A.J. Cann is four. Dawuane Smoot is five,” Marrone added “Those are the only players that are here. You have seen them at times out there. I expect these players to be out there on the sideline and you guys be able to see them. I am going to comment on them participating or not. I am not going to comment on specific injury, whatever they had – procedures – or anything of that nature. I just am going to try to help you with, ‘Hey, this is what is going on. This is when those guys are ready.’ You guys will be able to see that when they are on the side.”
Last season the Jaguars were extremely lucky with injuries, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The only major injuries the team had were wide receiver Allen Robinson tearing his ACL in the first game of the season and Allen Hurns dealing with injuries all season.
Obviously during this time, the Jaguars aren’t obligated to provide full injuries to the media, but if it were anything major we would have heard about it by now.