Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone confirmed yesterday that wide receiver Marqise Lee suffered a season-ending knee injury and will be placed on injured reserve.
“Marqise Lee suffered a knee injury and will have surgery. Later today he will be placed on IR,” Marrone said yesterday.
The 26-year-old Lee injured his knee in Saturday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons when safety Damontae Kazee went low as Lee caught a pass, hitting him directly in the leg and buckling his knee.
And if you think outspoken Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey was going to blame Kazee for ending his teammates season, you’re wrong.
Well, while you’re wrong over who he blamed, you were right about him being outspoken as Ramsey immediately blamed the NFL’s new tackling policy, which penalizes players lowering their helmets to make hits.
“You can’t be mad at 27 [Kazee],” Ramsey told reporters. “You have to be mad at the NFL; not mad at them but that is how the rule is. People are scared to tackle normal because I guess they don’t want to do helmet-to-helmet and get flagged. That was not even flagged and [you could] potentially get thrown out of the game. Game-changing stuff could happen. You don’t really want to blame anyone, but you feel bad for him. I don’t know, man, that’s just tough to see it happen to one of my teammates, period. But you can’t really blame 27.”
No, but you can blame the league for changing a rule that—while it should save players from head injuries in the long run—seems as though it is coming at a cost to their legs in the short run.
Source: Bleacher Report