Jacksonville Jaguars are 6th-most injured team in the NFL according to ESPN


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The Jacksonville Jaguars are a bad team, but they also haven’t had luck on their side and that’s contributed to their league-worst 1-5 record. Their unfortunate trend of key injuries began in the offseason, barely an hour into their first rookie mini-camp when prized first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. went down with a season ending knee injury. Things didn’t get much better through the preseason when

Julius Thomas

suffered a hand injury, but the Jaguars thankfully have him back now at full strength.

The Jaguars injury situation as piled up enough for ESPN to rank them as the 6th most “banged up” team in the league:

"Injuries have really hurt the Jaguars in the pass rush and at receiver. The biggest loss is DE Dante Fowler Jr., the team’s first-round draft pick. He was expected to be the Jaguars’ best pass-rusher and would have been the opening-day starter had he not torn his ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp. Andre Branch inherited the starting job, but he missed the first three games of the season with a sprained MCL, which left 33-year-old Chris Clemons as the starter. The Jaguars have just one sack out of the LEO (pass-rushing end) position.Rashad Greene was the Jaguars’ leading receiver and top punt returner before suffering a thumb injury that landed him on short-term IR. He’s eligible to return to the field in Week 11. Marqise Lee continues to have hamstring issues and has played just 1½ games. The team was counting on Arrelious Benn to make a big contribution this season, but he fractured a collarbone in the preseason and was put on IR. As a result, the Jaguars don’t have much wide receiver depth behind Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. — Mike DiRocco"

I don’t really count the injury to Andre Branch because he has as much impact as a pass rusher on the bench as he does on the field, but the rest of the guys do have an impact. The Jaguars definitely could have used the services of Arrelious Benn given the wide receiver situation, and losing Brandon Linder for the season has forced the Jaguars to continue playing a terrible Zane Beadles at left guard. Marqise Lee is supposed to stretch the field and add speed to a team that desperately needs it, but he’s not reliable at all right now.

The Jaguars are starting to get a little bit healthier, but they are still in a dire situation on the injury front.

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