Jacksonville Jaguars rookie defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was carted off the team's practice field Friday after he suffered an apparent injury to his left knee. The Jaguars selected Fowler with the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft last month.
Fowler, 20, hurt his knee while facing off against offensive tackle Watts Dantzler during an 11-on-11 drill at the Jaguars' rookie minicamp, Pro Football Talk reported. A fan-captured video showed Fowler's knee twist at an awkward angle and buckle. He fell and clutched his knee, remaining on the ground for several minutes. Ultimately, team officials helped Fowler reach the sideline, where he was evaluated by the training staff. The severity of Fowler's injury remains unclear.
He was able to put some weight on the injured leg, ESPN reports. He will meet with a doctor to determine if an MRI is necessary, the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran reported. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he did not get a good look at Fowler's injury and had yet to talk to his rookie lineman, but he expected to know more about his condition by Friday night.
Jags new Leo pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr tweeks knee at rookie mini camp. Was walking with trainers and carted later. pic.twitter.com/nkl8aoqC6x
— Chad Weeks (@cweeks85) May 8, 2015
Fowler played three years of football at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He recorded 14.5 career sacks during his time at the school, including 8.5 sacks in 2014 as a junior. Fowler was expected to lead a revamped Jaguars pass rush this season.