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Jaguars reportedly place DE Dante Fowler Jr. on PUP list

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will begin training camp on Thursday without one of the members of “Sacksonville”.

Per a report from the Florida Times-Union’s Phillip Heilman, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. will begin camp with a “Physically Unable to Perform” designation.

As Heilman notes, and had been reported earlier in the week, Fowler has already been deemed OUT for the team’s season-opener on September 9th against the New York Giants, following a league-issued one-game suspension for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy in 2017.

The team has been extremely tight lipped about what Fowler’s injury exactly is all spring, as he had been a non-participant in the majority of off-season workouts. It has been reported from various local media sources that Fowler had appeared to lose a lot of “playing weight”, when he was available in the locker room.

Fowler’s injury likely means added snaps for first-round selection Taven Bryan and second-year player Dawuane Smoot, who saw some time at end in limited action last season as a rookie. The team can remove him from the PUP designation, at any time over the course of camp and the preseason.