Mickens (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. Mickens suffered a broken ankle in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cowboys and will be out for the season. The Jaguars added Rashad Greene to work as their No. 5 wideout. Dede Westbrook is expected to take over return man duties.
Mickens left Sunday's game against the Cowboys with an ankle injury and won't return, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. Mickens' loss will likely only be felt on Jacksonville's return units. Heading into Sunday, the wideout had played only three offensive snaps this season.
Mickens made the Jaguars' 53-man roster Friday, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports. With the Jaguars' wide receiving corps having lost Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to free agency -- and Marquise Lee to a season-ending knee injury -- it's not surprising that Mickens has secured a spot on the 53-man roster. The 24-year-old performed well as a punt returner for Jacksonville last year, totaling 287 yards on 27 returns. It wouldn't be surprising for Mickens to occasionally see the field as a receiver in addition to his role on special teams, given the lack of proven playmakers in Jacksonville's wideout room. However, he's still a longshot for significant fantasy production.
Mickens likeliest path to the Jaguars' 53-man roster is in the role of punt returner, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports. The Jaguars' receiving corps may have lost the likes of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to free agency this offseason, but Marqise Lee and Donte Moncrief now headline a surprisingly deep group. Mickens proved to be a quality punt returner for Jacksonville in 2017, totaling 287 yards on 27 returns (10.6 yards per return) and one touchdown. However, the 24-year-old did fumble the ball four times (two lost) in his limited touches, and increased ball security could prove pivotal in securing a roster spot in September.
Mickens (hamstring) won't appear Wednesday on the Jaguars' first injury report of the week. Mickens was listed as questionable heading into the Jaguars' eventual 45-42 win over the Steelers in the divisional round due to the hamstring injury, with Jacksonville ultimately ruling him inactive for the contest. It's unclear if the injury was the primary reason behind Mickens' absence or if the team's improved health at receiver played more of a factor in the 23-year-old being scratched. Regardless, if Mickens does suit up Sunday in the AFC championship against New England, he'll likely see most of his action on special teams, as was the case in the team's wild-card round victory over the Bills.
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