While it may not be as bad as it sounds, the Jacksonville Jaguars and their fans are holding their collective breaths. First round pick Jalen Ramsey has been diagnosed with a small tear of his meniscus. This is the second year in a row that the team’s first round pick has suffered a knee injury. The injury however appears to be slight and the former FSU star will seek a second opinion.
According to Jaguars.com, the tear to the meniscus in Ramsey’s right knee took place during Phase 2 of on-field workouts. The team announced the injury in a release Thursday afternoon.
Ramsey is obtaining a second opinion next week, according to the team. The team’s statement also said that more information will be available when Head Team Physician Kevin Kaplan and the Jaguars’ athletic training staff determine the appropriate medical care.
Dante Fowler Jr., the No. 3 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2015 NFL Draft, missed the 2015 season after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of rookie minicamp.
Because this is a “slight” tear, according to team officials, it is expected Ramsey could be back in time for the team’s start of training camp. But because it is not known to what extent the injury truly is, a timetable for recovery cannot be determined.
The Jaguars were ecstatic when Ramsey was available with the fifth overall selection in last month’s Draft. He fills a need in the secondary and can play either safety or cornerback for Jacksonville.
The Jaguars also added Prince Amukamara and Tashaun Gipson in the offseason through free agency to give the team a veteran presence on one of the team’s weakest units.
MICKEY GETS THE PRO BOWL
The NFL has announced the Pro Bowl is moving to Orlando. Scott Shoshnick of Bloomberg.com reported the news on Thursday.
Orlando is among four cities bidding to host the game, joining Honolulu, Houston and Sydney, Australia, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, who declined to comment on the Florida city being selected.
The people were granted anonymity because the NFL hasn’t announced the change.
In Orlando, the game will be played at the Citrus Bowl, which underwent a $200 million renovation two years ago. Greg Creese, a spokesman for Florida Citrus Sports, which promotes local tourism, declined to comment.
This is not the first time the event has been played outside of Hawaii. The NFL held the Pro Bowl in Miami in 2010 and in Glendale, Arizona in 2015. Not known as an overly exciting game, it is still the highest ranked all-star game amongst the four major U.S. sports leagues.
PINNING HOPES ON A ROOKIE
The New York Jets are still looking to sign veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before the start of training camp, but have high hopes for their second round pick, Christian Hackenberg.
Marc Sessler of NFL.com wrote that after Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan hinted that the former Penn State passer could play this autumn, and after offensive coordinator Chan Gailey touted Hackenberg’s “intelligence” and “decision-making,” the team’s director of player personnel added another dose of high-octane praise on Thursday.
While signing Fitzpatrick is still on the list of things to accomplish, statements like that show this is a team that could move on from their veteran starter.
Hackenberg was the fourth quarterback taken in the recent NFL Draft and the first taken in the second round.
The Jets currently have three quarterbacks on the roster, with Geno Smith and Bryce Petty also under contract. Smith offers some veteran presence, but has not been a success story since coming to New York.