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Dante Fowler Jr. off PUP, ready to practice

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. is set to be removed from the team’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Saturday and practice with the team, as first reported by Mike Kaye of First Coast News.

Fowler missed most of the offseason practices and training camp with an undisclosed/specified should injury that had some reporters concerned he lost quite a bit of upper body mass. Fowler started training camp on PUP, but he’s set to now return as the team prepares to start joint practices with the Minnesota Vikings leading up to Saturday’s preseason game.

The Jaguars declined to pick up the young defensive end’s fifth-year option, despite a career high eight sacks as a back up last season. Fowler needs to go off to a good start in 2018 if he wants to stay in Jacksonville or even get a nice free agent deal, however missing all of training camp and due to be suspended for Week 1 of the season, it’s more likely he gets off to a slow one.

Hopefully Fowler can quickly regain some of his strength the next few weeks though, and be ready as soon as he can play again Week 2 in the home opener against the New England Patriots.