The injury to Austen Lane this week for the Jaguars is another in a laundry list of incidents that have either touched the national media spotlight or have caused concern amongst the local masses.
According to BigCatCountry.com, Lane, who was expected to challenge for a starting defensive end spot on the opposite side of team sack leader Jeremy Mincey, went down with the injury on August 2 and was helped to the sideline, showing obvious signs of pain, and was not able to put weight on right leg and was carted off the practice field.
The Jaguars have already had issues with their sixth overall rated defensive from last year.
Clint Session, one of the prized free agents from last year, may not play at all this season because he is still recovering from concussions he suffered toward the end of last year.
Tyson Alualu comes into camp having had surgery to clean out both knees so he can play at his full potential.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is still recovering from an offseason night club incident where the fourth-year pro had to have emergency surgery to repair his eye. Knighton has not been cleared to place fully as of yet.
And now the Lane situation. Let’s not even get into the Maurice Jones-Drew debacle because it has nothing to do with the defense. But according to the report online, Lane could be out of action for at least three weeks.
So with that fresh in the minds of the defensive staff (who could have had other free agents signed this season to shore up the front four), here are some who could fill the other end of the defensive front if Lane is not able to give it a go come the start of the regular season.