The Jaguars have been pleased with how Westbrook has progressed in his recovery from Sept. 12 surgery to address a core-muscle injury and could activate him from injured reserve when he's first eligible in advance of the Nov. 5 matchup with the Bengals, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
A fourth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, Westbrook looked poised to open the season as the Jaguars' No. 3 wideout following a big preseason, but those hopes were dashed following the surprising news that he needed surgery. Despite the extensive time he's missed, Westbrook could be poised to reclaim a sizable role in the Jacksonville passing attack upon returning to action, as top wideout Allen Robinson (knee) has since been ruled out for the season after tearing his ACL in Week 1. Westbrook has been running for two weeks and should soon step back on the practice field as he attempts to regain conditioning before making his NFL regular-season debut.
Westbrook had core muscle surgery Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Westbrook played through the injury at the end of the preseason but was placed on injured reserve prior to Jacksonville's Week 1 contest against the Texans. He's a candidate to return from IR after Week 8 -- particularly now that Allen Robinson (torn ACL) is out for the year. The 2017 fourth-round pick led the NFL in receiving yards this preseason and should have a top-three role in the Jacksonville wideout corps if he returns later in the year.
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 (core muscle) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
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-round pick 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.
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