The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t appear to catch a break, as they lost yet another rookie to a freak injury in offseason practices. This time, 4th round pick James Sample is the victim.
Sample apparently injured the play in an unusual manner, trying to slap the ball out of an offensive player’s hands at the end of a rep.
As Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union jokingly points out, the Jaguars should probably start holding some players out of practice so there are enough guys available on opening day.
While it is discouraging, at least Sample is scheduled to return by training camp. Sample was and probably still is expected to compete for the starting free safety spot, so you would prefer he got as much practice time and coaching as possible, but this shouldn’t affect the team too much moving forward. Sample is still going to get a fair shot at the starting job, and there doesn’t really appear to be a favorite. Sergio Brown will get a chance to compete for it, but other than that there isn’t another player who inspires confidence.
Compared losing first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. for the season during the first practice of rookie minicamps, this doesn’t seem too bad. Regardless, the Jaguars are another key preseason injury away from the word “cursed” being thrown around.
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