Lee (knee) said Wednesday that he's pleased with the progress he's made since undergoing surgery in August to repair his ACL and plans to be on the field for the Jaguars' 2019 regular-season opener, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Lee noted that the surgery he underwent also addressed a prior PCL injury along with some general cleanup. Because the procedure was performed during the preseason, Lee will have a realistic shot to make it back for the start of the 2019 campaign, though there's a good chance he'll face limitations on some level in training camp. While the 27-year-old has been sidelined throughout the current season, the Jaguars haven't had another receiver emerge as a clear No. 1 option, though Dede Westbrook (43 receptions for 528 yards and four touchdowns) and Donte Moncrief (34 receptions for 517 yards and three scores) have benefited the most from added volume in Lee's stead.
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 he reportedly won't be a candidate to return. The Jaguars haven't provided details about the ligament damage, but it seems likely his ACL was involved.
Though coach Doug Marrone noted after Saturday's preseason game that doctors won't know the extent of Lee's knee injury until Sunday, he acknowledged that it "looked bad," the Jaguars' official site reports.
Lee was poised to head into the coming season as a key member of the Jaguars receiving corps. If he is forced to miss an extended period of time, which looks quite plausible at this stage, added opportunities and targets would open up for the likes of Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole 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.
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