Jags lineman Luke Joeckel has ACL/MCL/meniscus surgery

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The Jaguars put offensive lineman Luke Joeckel on injured reserve earlier this week, but he won’t be returning this year, considering the scope of the injury he suffered last week in London.

The Jaguars announced that the former No. 2 overall pick underwent surgery yesterday to repair the knee injury suffered last week.

Specifically, the team said he had  “a successful ACL reconstruction, MCL repair and lateral meniscus repair.”

The injury is obviously unfortunate for Joeckel, but his contract situation makes it even more costly. The Jaguars declined to pick up the $11.9 million fifth-year option on his rookie contract this offseason, meaning he’ll be an unrestricted free agent coming off a major knee injury next year.

The Jaguars moved him inside to left guard after signing Kelvin Beachum, further devaluing the stock of a guy once viewed a cornerstone tackle. He’ll likely have to sign a short-term prove-it deal with someone next year, and the timing of the injury makes it unclear whether he’d be ready for the start of training camp.

3 responses to “Jags lineman Luke Joeckel has ACL/MCL/meniscus surgery

  1. Brutal life of a pro football player. Everyone in the locker room loves Luke. To hear guys like Robinson and Hurns go on and on about a OL guy and how selfless he is, it just sucks. I know the Jags will let him test the waters and let him go. He was getting pushed around a lot last year. Its hard to think of a kid coming out of A&M at 6’4 and over 300 getting pushed around, but that’s what’s happened. He wasn’t the big brick wall that Boselli was and our QBs haven’t had the best blindside protection.

    All this being said, Beacham is an undersized T with a good track record and he got picked up coming off a knee injury. If Luke can rehab with the same work ethic and attitude that he brought to work every day, it can happen to him, too. I just hope he’s able to reclaim his spot at T. G is a tight spot for him to work in.

  2. He was a total waste of a draft pick for the Jags. He was drafted #2 overall but played like #200. They could have signed a journeyman or a 2nd or 3rd day pick and gotten the same performance for maybe 10% of the salary. I hope he didn’t spend it all in one place.
    He’s going to have a hard time getting anyone to pay him anything at all provided he even has enough fire to come back after the injury.

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