The Jaguars completed their first week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Friday, and while you can expect to likely hear more about the team’s major off season acquisition on offense in quarterback Nick Foles, don’t expect to hear much else regarding their biggest defensive addition, as first-round pick Josh Allen likely will be on the sidelines.
Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Jaguars will be keeping the seventh overall pick out of any drill work the remainder of the spring practices following a knee bruise he suffered on day one of team workouts.
While any injury this early is not something you want to hear, especially to a player like Allen who definitely looks like he will be everything that’s been advertised this fall, both Allen and head coach Doug Marrone each stated in respective interviews that there is, “zero concern”, for the defensive end’s long-term prognosis.
Garafolo confirmed the team is just being extra cautious with returning Allen to the field, as they should be for the end of May, and there is no reason for serious concern. I would expect that Allen returns to full workouts when the team begins mandatory mini-camp on June 11th.
His injury, however minor, is the latest in a rash of injuries that have plagued the defensive selections from the top ten of the 2019 Draft this week, as fellow rookies Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams have also had to be held out due to hamstring and calf injuries, respectively.
The Jaguars return to the field on Tuesday for Week 2 of OTAs.