Lee, who was officially placed on IR on Monday, is slated to undergo surgery to repair his left knee, which was injured in preseason action Saturday, the Jaguars' official site reports. With Lee done for the season and the Jaguars not looking to add outside help at this stage, Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook and rookie DJ Chark are all expected to play key roles at receiver for the team this season. Per Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, Moncrief will probably be leaned on the most out of the gate to help fill the void created by Lee's absence, given his level of NFL experience.
Lee (knee) has been diagnosed with ligament damage and will miss the entire 2018 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Lee will be placed on injured reserve Monday and isn't a candidate to return. The Jaguars haven't provided details about the ligament damage, but it isn't a great sign that Lee is already scheduled to have surgery, per John Reid of The Florida Times-Union. Keelan Cole becomes the new favorite to lead Jacksonville in targets, with Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and D.J. Chark all viable candidates to take on some of Lee's vacated snaps.
Coach Doug Marrone said he won't know the extent of Lee's knee injury until Sunday, but he did acknowledge that it looks serious, the Jaguars' official site reports. "I'm just saying, did anyone think it didn't look bad?" Marrone said. "I'm waiting for the doctor to tell me so I can tell you guys, but I know what I see. I'm not going to sit there and say it didn't look bad. It looked bad." Lee was locked in as a starter prior to injuring his knee in the first quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons. If he is forced to miss an extended period of time -- which looks quite plausible -- added snap and targets would open up for Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and D.J. Chark.
Lee was carted off the field Saturday against the Falcons after suffering an apparent left knee injury, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports. With the departures of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns in the offseason, Lee has served as the Jaguars' No. 1 wide receiver throughout training camp and the preseason. However, Lee is in danger of missing time due to a low hit from the Falcons' Damontae Kazee. Expect the Jaguars to hone in on a diagnosis in due time.
Lee and Keelan Cole have drawn most of the reps with the starters during training-camp practices, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports. The pecking order in the Jaguars' wideout corps has been difficult to peg down since camp opened, but it's not too surprising that Lee has been regularly featured on the first team after pacing Jacksonville with 56 receptions and ranking second with 702 yards in 2017. That production earned Lee a four-year, $34 million contract in March, a commitment that should make him one of quarterback Blake Bortles' favored options during the upcoming campaign. Even if that's the case, Lee seems unlikely to dominate the target share in Jacksonville from game to game, as Cole, Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark have all turned in strong camps and could have cases for serving as the team's go-to receiver when matchups favor their respective skill sets.
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