Following Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars received good news for injured rookie defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, who was carted off the field during the contest with an apparent knee injury.
Immediately following the game, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone stated that the injury, “didn’t look good,” however on Monday, Marrone indicated the franchise received good news on him, stating that the injury wasn’t as bad as they originally suspected.
“We got good news with [DT DaVon] Hamilton last night,” said Marrone. “It’s not as bad as we thought. We think he’ll still go on IR but it’s definitely not anything that’s quite long term, which was the concern last night, so that’s a good thing.”
Hamilton, drafted in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, has been the team’s best run-stopping defensive lineman over the past several weeks. Following an injury to starting defensive tackle Abry Jones, Hamilton’s snaps increased, resulting in development for the former Ohio State Buckeye.
On the year, Hamilton accumulated 10 defensive “stops” according to Pro Football Focus, including seven over the past five games.
The Jaguars will miss his presence in the middle of the defense, but his absence shouldn’t extend beyond this season. With five games remaining and the team officially eliminated from the playoffs, there isn’t much he will effectively miss sans some development time.
While Jones has been on the team’s reserve/injured list since Week 7, he was recently designated to return and will likely step in to replace the injured rookie.