Jaguars 1st-Round Pick Dante Fowler Jr. Out For Season After Tearing ACL

The injury bug has already hit the Jacksonville Jaguars and it hit them hard.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jaguars first-round draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. tore the ACL in his left knee during the first day of rookie minicamp and will now be out for the rest of the season. The Florida product was selected last over a week ago by the Jaguars with the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft.

As you can see in the slowed down animated gif below, Fowler fell down and was clutching his left knee while trying to beat an offensive lineman. It was originally reported that the injury took place during an 11-on-11 drill and if that is true, the Jaguars  might have some explaining to do beings as that’s not allowed during Phase-Two of the offseason.

Even though Fowler has yet to sign his contract, Schefter reports that he did sign an injury protection waiver prior to practicing that “obligates the Jaguars to negotiate in good faith.” Fowler is expected to eventually sign a four-year, $23.5 million contract that’s fully guaranteed.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to play the Jaguars during the preseason in Jacksonville.

  • CW


    You never want to see a young player go down for the season… and to get knocked out during rookie camp. Just a shame.

    Best wishes Fowler. Hope that ACL heals and you get back out there next year without missing a beat.

  • Ike Evans

    The jags are cursed

  • Brian Tollini

    That’s horrible.

  • johnhoien

    Dang ..that stinks.

  • steelster

    This bad news isn’t going to make their fan base grow.

  • Devon Day

    As is the Browns, Jets, Vikings, Saints, Falcons, Bills, and Bengals. In short?


  • Steelersfan531

    wow what an awful thing to happen…

  • Devon Day

    Not surprised. Teams who usually are on the rise have incidents like this happen far too often. To top it off, who’s to say his mobility will be the same. Ligaments and Tendons heal, but rarely do they revert back to their peak condition. Sorry Jags… but still as snakebitten as ever.

  • steelersfan

    Gruesome looking injury

  • T R

    Man thats so sad.. I was looking forward to seeing what he was gone do…

    Now if we can just get Brady to be suspended for the season too.. well least from sources he will least be suspended the opening game… 🙂

  • Alejandro Caballero

    Yes, 2 year ago they also lost their first round pick Lucke Joeckel

  • PittsburghSports

    Damn, your heart goes out to the guy. Just got drafted a week ago. A lesson to be remembered how quickly things can change. Steeler fans know this all too well after losing Bell for the playoffs.

  • pittsburghjoe

    The town is a southern fried college football town anyways…Their pro fans stink! Stinks for Fowler though.

  • steelcityinny

    Wow, what a shame. He is going to be a good player, hard to lose a first round pick in his rookie yer, similar to what happened to DeCastro. Hope he recovers quickly.

  • Devon Day

    Never the same. In the NFL, it is much akin to life; fourtunate for some but unfortunate for others. Since the NFL-AFL merger, Pittsburgh escaped this; a miracle if there ever was one.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s horrible!

  • mike

    Did the qb have a ball he was about to throw..I thought those weren’t allowed..I know that’s off topic but didn’t know if that was the reference to the 11 on 11 drill they’re guna have to explain or if both are not allowed……that’s horrible about fowler too, just when you feel like you re stocked the cupboard and a season full of expectations ahead and the rug gets pulled out from under you before you get started.. The football gods work in mysterious ways…at least he’s guna get his money and hopefully recovers to have a good career

  • homewood619

    If they didn’t have bad luck…they would have no luck at all!

  • dwsteelers

    WOW! Feel really bad for him.

  • westcoasteeler

    That’s some serious bad juju.

  • Vinhuddle

    I feel bad for the kid even if he’s not a Steeler. I can’t imagine how terrible the feeling of working for his ultimate goal, make it, and then ultimately in the first hr of the first practice have that dream put on the shelf your a yr must be. Speedy recovery Dante. Keeping my fingers crossed similar news doesn’t come out of Pittsburgh.

  • kristopher fine

    i can’t watch. this is horrible news. next year they will be getting 2 first round picks on the field for the first time. i hated when Spence and DeCastro tore up their knees. hopefully this guy makes a full recovery like they did.