JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Dante Fowler Jr. didn’t miss a game in three years of college.
The former Florida star likely will miss his entire rookie year in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end, the third overall pick in last week’s NFL draft, is likely out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during his first practice.
Fowler tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during rookie minicamp Friday. ESPN first reported the extent of the injury.
The injury looked serious live and appeared even worse in video replays. Tests revealed the extent of the damage.
Fowler’s knee buckled during an 11-on-11 drill as he engaged right tackle Watts Dantzler. Fowler dropped to the ground, grabbed his leg as he rolled from side to side and eventually got helped off the field. He was carted to the locker room.
“I went to apologize to him and he was like, ‘You’re good, man. It’s just football,’ ” Dantzler said.
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