In 2015, Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick out of Florida, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr, tore his left ACL just less than an hour into the Jags’ rookie mini-camp and was forced to miss the entire 2015 season. In 2016, the Jaguars’ luck has not gotten any better. As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jags’ No. 5 overall pick out of Florida State in the 2016 NFL Draft, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, suffered a small meniscus tear in his right knee during Jacksonville’s rookie minicamp on May 6th. It still is unclear as to what the timetable is for Ramsey to return to the field, as sources close to Ramsey have told ESPN that Ramsey is still contemplating whether or not to undergo one of two possible procedures: one, would sideline him for four-six weeks, and the other would sideline him for four-six months.
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Ramsey is set to have a second opinion on the injury by famous sports medicine doctor and orthopedic surgeon James Andrews later this week. Jalen Ramsey is no stranger to right knee issues, as he was forced to go under the knife back when he was a sophomore in high school due to a microfracture, causing him to miss his entire sophomore season.
Along with Jalen Ramsey now dealing with a knee ailment, the Jaguars and their fans are now on their hands and knees praying that the team’s second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Myles Jack, doesn’t have his knee implode. As many may remember, Jack fell out of the first round back in April due to concerns about a knee injury he suffered at UCLA, where he tore his lateral meniscus off the bone and missed the rest of the season. Many medical experts have called Jack’s injury a “ticking time bomb,” and that Jack could suffer a devastating knee injury at any given moment.
With Dante Fowler Jr. currently taking the final steps towards a return, Jalen Ramsey’s season in question, and Myles Jack’s knee being a big mystery, the Jaguars defense and 2016 draft class is looking a lot different than it did less than a month ago. The Jaguars have already stated that they expect Ramsey to be ready to suit up for their week one matchup with the Dallas Cowboys in September, but only time and rehab will tell. Hopefully, for Ramsey’s sake, as well as for the Jaguars and their fans, Myles Jack’s knee can stay intact, Jalen Ramsey will not require the heavier four-six month rehab procedure, and Dante Fowler Jr. can return to the form that the Jaguars drafted him in. This franchise just can never catch a break.