When the Jacksonville Jaguars take to the field for the start of training camp next week, linebacker Dekoda Watson likely will not be able to take part with his teammates.
According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Watson could begin camp on the physically unable to perform list after sports hernia surgery in June.
Being placed on the PUP list prior to training camp doesn’t mean he’ll miss the first six weeks of the regular season. The Jaguars expect Watson to be ready for the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 7. A player has to be placed on PUP before training camp to still be eligible to be placed on the list for the regular season. For Watson, this would likely just be a procedural move.
Watson signed a three-year deal with the Jaguars in March after four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Watson appeared in 15 games, making three starts, for Tampa Bay last season with 42 tackles, two sacks an interception and a forced fumble.