Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee Ruled Out for Season After Helmet Hit to Knee
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without their top receiver for the second straight year.
Marqise Lee will have season-ending knee surgery and be placed on injured reserve, coach Doug Marrone said Monday.
Lee, who led the team in receptions in 2017, was carted off the field Saturday night after Atlanta Falcons cornerback Damontae Kazee delivered a helmet-first hit to his knee. Tests confirmed what everyone in the stadium expected after seeing Lee's knee buckle: The injury was clearly severe.
Marrone declined to provide specifics about Lee's injury but said the team has no plans to pursue a free-agent replacement.
"I think we feel comfortable with what we have now," Marrone said.
It's the second time in as many years Jacksonville has been dealt a significant setback at the position. The team lost No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson to a knee injury in last year's regular-season opener. Robinson signed with Chicago in free agency.
Lee is nearly a lock to be back with the Jags since his $7.25 million salary in 2019 is guaranteed.
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