The Jacksonville Jaguars’ bad luck continues, as outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. has been ruled out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL.
The Jaguars rookie, who was drafted third overall out of Florida, was carted off the field during a team practice with a knee injury that appeared to be serious as he was seen clutching his left knee.
Fowler participated in an 11-on-11 drill with rookie offensive lineman Watts Dantzler, and his left knee suddenly bent awkwardly.
This is a huge blow to the Jaguars, who were expected to see their pass rush improve with the addition of Fowler.
The Jaguars are a young team that is hoping to climb out of the cellar with young players such as quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receiver Allen Robinson.
They also drafted a potential starting running back in T.J. Yeldon, but their defense is unlikely to generate a pass rush outside of defensive end Chris Clemons and defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, who each came up with eight sacks last season.
Fowler showed considerable upside in Florida’s Birmingham Bowl victory over East Carolina as he generated three sacks, but it looks like even more of a certainty that the Jaguars will miss the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.