Seferian-Jenkins underwent surgery Tuesday to address the core-muscle injury that resulted in his placement on injured reserve, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Seferian-Jenkins will thus be stuck on injured reserve for at least the next eight weeks, but the procedure won't spell an end to his season. The 26-year-old is believed to be facing an approximate recovery time of around six weeks. If his rehab goes according to plan, he'll likely be ready to return from IR when immediately eligible Dec. 16 against Washington, assuming Jacksonville wants to use one of its two designated-to-return spots on the tight end. In the meantime, James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul are likely to vie for additional snaps at the position.
Seferian-Jenkins is scheduled for surgery on the core muscle injury that landed him on on injured reserve, ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco reports.
The Jaguars hope to get their top tight end back before the end of the season, though he won't be eligible to return from IR until Week 14 at Tennessee. The team will rely on James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul in the meantime, with a lack of pass-catching talent at tight end hinting at a heavy reliance on wide receivers and running backs in the passing game. That had already been the case even with everyone healthy, as Seferian-Jenkins has caught just 11 of 19 targets for 90 yards and a score through five games. Paul made some noise in Sunday's 30-14 loss to Kansas City, catching seven of nine targets for 65 yards in a game that saw Blake Bortles attempt 61 passes.
Seferian-Jenkins has been playing through a core muscle injury all season, forcing the Jaguars to reduce his snap share the past two weeks. It's unclear if he's scheduled for surgery or merely a prolonged period of rest, but either way he'll be ineligible to play for the next eight weeks. James O'Shaughnessy and Niles Paul will fill in at tight end, likely forming a timeshare after both played less than half the snaps in Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Chiefs.
Seferian-Jenkins (core-muscle injury) was a full participant in Friday's practice.
The activity was enough for Seferian-Jenkins to avoid an injury tag heading into the weekend, so he should face no limitations in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. The Jaguars' starting tight end has seen consistent volume through the first four weeks, earning either four or five targets and notching two or three receptions in each contest.
Seferian-Jenkins (core-muscle injury) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
Seferian-Jenkins has been a fixture on the Jaguars' injury reports all season with the core-muscle issue, but it's never seriously threatened his availability for game action. His return to the practice field in any capacity Thursday suggests he likely won't be in any jeopardy of missing Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs. Through the Jaguars' first four games of 2018, the tight end has hauled in 11 of 19 targets for 90 yards and a score.
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