JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., the third overall pick in the NFL draft, is likely out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during his first practice.
Fowler tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during rookie minicamp Friday. ESPN first reported the extent of the injury.
The injury looked serious live and appeared even worse in video replays. Tests revealed the extent of the injury.
The former Florida star’s Fowler’s knee buckled during an 11-on-11 drill as he engaged right tackle Watts Dantzler. Fowler dropped to the ground, grabbed his leg as he rolled from side to side and eventually got helped off the field. He was carted to the locker room.
Fowler was the first non-quarterback selected last week, taken by the Jaguars after quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.