Westbrook underwent core muscle surgery Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports. Westbrook played through the injury during the preseason before being placed on injured reserve prior to Jacksonville's Week 1 contest against the Texans. He's a decent candidate to return from IR after Week 8, especially now that Allen Robinson (knee) is out for the season. The 2017 fourth-round pick led the NFL in receiving yards during the exhibition season and should have a top-three role in the Jacksonville wideout corps if he returns.
The Jaguars are placing Westbrook (core muscle) on injured reserve, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports Westbrook played through the injury in Jacksonville's final exhibition contest and put up 115 yards to finish as the NFL's leading receiver (298 yards) this preseason despite missing a game. The decision to place him on injured reserve isn't a total surprise, as core muscle injuries tend to linger even if players are able to fight through them and stay on the field. With Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns providing ample firepower at wide receiver, the Jaguars will allow Westbrook an extended period to get healthy, with his treatment plan possibly including surgery. The 2017 fourth-round pick likely will be a candidate to return from IR, but if not, he could still make Hurns or Lee expendable next offseason.
Westbrook (core muscle) did not practice Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports. Per the report, Westbrook's absence paves the way for Keelan Cole to be active in Week 1, making him a candidate to return punts Sunday. The Jaguars' wideout corps out of the gate thus figures to feature Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee on the outside, with Allen Hurns manning the slot.
Westbrook was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a core-muscle injury. Westbrook missed some practice time in late August and was held out of Jacksonville's third exhibition contest, but he returned for the preseason finale after consulting with a specialist and proceeded to catch six of nine targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. His 298 receiving yards were tops in the NFL during the preseason, helping to elevate him above Allen Hurns on the Jags' first depth chart of the regular season. Barring a setback, the rookie fourth-rounder could be in line to operate as the No. 3 receiver Sunday against Houston. Core-muscle injuries tend to linger if they aren't operated on, but players often are able to play through them for extended periods.
Westbrook is listed as the Jaguars' No. 3 receiver on the depth chart heading into Sunday's opener against the Texans, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. Despite a prolific college career at Oklahoma, Westbrook wasn't chosen in April's draft until the Jaguars nabbed him with a fourth-round pick. That selection is already looking solid based on how Westbrook performed in the preseason, as the 23-year-old turned plenty of heads while logging 13 catches for 298 yards and two touchdowns in only three games. While the numbers should be taken with some grain of salt given the nature of exhibition contests, the Jaguars saw enough from the rookie to feel comfortable moving him ahead of an established veteran in Allen Hurns on the depth chart. It's still expected that he'll rank behind starters Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee in targets, but Westbrook should nonetheless be in store for plenty of snaps in his first professional season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@New York Jets||30||27.00|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Rams||20||19.00|
|10||11/12||Los Angeles Chargers||24||24.00|
|16||12/24||@San Francisco 49ers||22||23.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|