Justin Blackmon Injury: Updates on Jaguars WR's Recovery from Groin Surgery
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been cleared for practice after starting training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list after undergoing groin surgery earlier last month.
The team announced the news on its Twitter account:
Johnathan Cyprien, Justin Blackmon, Stephane Milhim and Taylor Price will start camp on PUP.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) July 23, 2013
Blackmon is recovering from groin surgery earlier this month. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) July 23, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15
From John Oscher of Jaguars.com:
Blackmon and cyprien will play. Reynolds will start in place of Russell alllen.— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 15, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, by Tom Kinslow
Mark Long of the Associated Press has an update on the status of Justin Blackmon.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says WR Justin Blackmon could be back soon: "they've speeded up his rehab."— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) July 31, 2013
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union stated shortly after the surgery that Mohamed Massaquoi would probably replace Blackmon with the first-team offense if the second-year receiver wasn't able to recover in time for the start of camp. That's now a reality.
He also reported Blackmon was eligible to play in the team's preseason games despite a looming suspension that will cover the first four games of the regular season. Blackmon's availability for those exhibition contests is now uncertain due to the groin injury:
Even though he will have to serve a four-game suspension to start the regular season for violating the NFL’s illegal substance program, Blackmon is eligible to play in the Jaguars’ four preseason games, starting Aug. 9 against Miami.
The Oklahoma State product enjoyed a productive rookie campaign in Jacksonville. He recorded 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns after the team made him the fifth overall selection in last year's draft.
Blackmon combined with breakout sensation Cecil Shorts to give the Jaguars a much-improved starting receiver duo. The drop-off to Massaquoi—or any other wideout who attempts to fill the void—will likely be noticeable.
Denard Robinson is another player who should see increased snaps while Blackmon is sidelined. The former Michigan quarterback doesn't have a defined role within the Jaguars' offense yet, but the extra opportunities should give the coaching staff a good chance to evaluate where he can help most.
The Jaguars didn't provide a timetable for Blackmon's return to the practice field. It's hard to imagine the team pushing him too hard and risking further injury since the impending suspension is going to cost him the first four games anyway. They will want him at full strength upon his return.
Head coach Gus Bradley would only say a quick return by next week isn't guaranteed, as reported by NFL.com's Around The League:
Justin Blackmon to active/PUP. May not be back by next week, according to coach Bradley. Not a surprise.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) July 23, 2013
Beyond that, very little is known about when Blackmon will be ready to roll for the Jags.
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