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.
Per source, #Jaguars DE Dante Fowler, who was just suspended for Week 1 by the NFL, was placed on the team's Active/Physically Unable to Perform list today with an undisclosed injury.— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) July 21, 2018
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.