Allen Robinson suffers season ending knee injury in Jacksonville Jaguars week 1 win

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Allen Robinson
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Allen Robinson /

While the Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t be happier about the final score of their week 1 over the Houston Texans, it came at a great cost to the offense.

Jacksonville Jaguars fans were riding high after Sunday’s dominant win against the Houston Texans, but lost in the celebrations over the win and the worries about hurricane Irma back home was an injury to a significant player.

Allen Robinson hurt his knee on the opening drive of the Jacksonville Jaguars huge win over the Houston Texans and he never returned. We now know it’s because he suffered a serious knee injury and is out for the season with a ton ACL.

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There are a few layers to this but the preeminent one is what it does to Robinson. In his contract season, with so many discussing whether or not to extend him and how much to pay him, this now leaves ARob as the biggest question mark for the team heading into the 2018 offseason. The Jaguars can’t give Robinson a long term extension (maybe they could, but it would have to be a uniquely crafted contract) so they really only have two options – offer Robinson a high-yield, one year “prove it” deal, or franchise him.

We probably won’t know what the team will do until well after the end of the 2017 regular season.

Focusing on the present, this puts an enormous amount of pressure on Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns, the latter being a guy that the team was reportedly shopping around as recently as last week. The team must be breathing a sigh of relief that they weren’t able to unload Hurns, as he’s really the only proven guy at receiver now.

One interesting development that should come out of this is more playing time for Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook, two guys who shined in the preseason. Westbrook in particular seems to have the traits you look for in a number one receiver, so it will interesting to see how many snaps he gets when he finally gets on to the field.