Coach Doug Marrone expects Lee (knee) to return late in the preseason, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Lee suffered a torn ACL during the third week of the 2018 preseason and thus has more than a full year to recover before Week 1 in 2019. He probably won't be ready for spring practices but at least is on track for some degree of participation at the start of training camp. Lee and Dede Westbrook are the early favorites to draw the most targets from new quarterback Nick Foles, though D.J. Chark, Chris Conley and Keelan Cole are also viable candidates to get snaps at wide receiver.
Lee suffered an ACL tear during the third week of the preseason, undergoing reconstructive surgery shortly thereafter. Reports on his progress haven't gotten into specifics, and it's still too early for any kind of timeline regarding a return to football activities. It's safe to assume he'll be absent or limited during the offseason program as he gears up for the second season of a four-year, $34 million contract. The structure of the deal keeps him safe through 2019, but he could be a cap casualty the following year if he doesn't bounce back strong from his injury. The Jaguars also have Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Keelan Cole under contract, giving them a diverse group of wideouts with the benefit of youth, though there isn't a 1,000-yard season (or even close) among the bunch. The team presumably will prioritize finding a replacement for Blake Bortles at quarterback.
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.
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