Jaguars lose James O’Shaughnessy for the remainder of the season
The Jaguars tight end position suffered a huge blow on Sunday when Jame O’Shaughnessy tore his ACL against the Panthers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense took a hit once again on Monday when it was determined that tight end James O’Shaughnessy suffered a torn ACL in the game on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. O’Shaughnessy, who has caught two touchdowns this season and has played an important role in the passing game, will have surgery to repair the injury when swelling he subsided.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to make the announcement via his Twitter account Monday afternoon. The injury becomes even more significant because rookie third-round pick Josh Oliver has been working to get into an NFL game for the first time this season after suffering a severe hamstring injury prior to the preseason. Oliver, who played college at San Jose State, practiced with the team this week but was ruled out for the game at Carolina.
Geoff Swaim and Seth DeValve are the only other tight ends on the roster. The team released veteran Ben Koyack at the end of the preseason. He spent time off and on the team’s roster last season and could be a candidate to re-sign once again.
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"Per James Johnson of Jaguars Wire, “The veteran’s injury occurred after he caught a ball from rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II in the flats and went down in the process of trying to advance the ball. He immediately grabbed his knee and seemed to be in pain, which resulted in the trainers coming to the field and examining him. Afterward, they helped O’Shaughnessy off the field, but he wasn’t able to put pressure on the knee.”"
The Jaguars will have to make a roster move to fill the veteran’s spot prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints this weekend.
In other news: Leonard Fournette continues to show improvement over last season. The third-year running back rushed 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. While it was not the production like he had last week in Denver, it was the first time since 2017 where he posted consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
Fournette leads the AFC in rushing with 512 yards, which is third in the NFL overall. He has seven 100-yard games while wearing a Jaguars uniform and has topped his 2018 yards on the ground through five games (439 yards).