Today marked the first practice sessions of minicamp for a number of NFL franchises with players donning pads for the first time in months.
For those selected in the 2015 Draft it was a chance to get out there and impress the coaching staff and new teammates.
To hear then that there are worrying eye-witness reports detailing a potentially serious injury to one man selected very early on in the first round last week is sure to have gone down like a led balloon with staff and fans alike.
With the Jacksonville Jaguars taking part in their first 11 on 11 session Friday afternoon it has been reported that Dante Fowler, the man the struggling franchise picked third overall in Chicago, had to be carried off the field after going down with what looked like a knee injury.
The story is developing as we speak and, at this time, there is no official word on the injury or just how serious it may be so it is wise to ire on the side of caution. Having said that, it will be a real scare for those involved with the Jaguars who have pinned a lot of hopes on the former Florida Gator.
DiRocco updated fans on what he had seen from the sidelines, noting that Fowler had been going up against offensive lineman Watts Dantzler when he fell awkwardly on his left knee. He exited the field on a cart.
Only moments before the worrying incident Dante Fowler had been shown taking to the field for the first time alongside the other Jacksonville Jaguars rookies.
The Jaguars will be holding their breath that Fowler is OK and there are no signs of any long-term damage but, having opted to pass on another of other highly touted prospects in favor of the defensive end, they will be cursing their luck if anything serious is confirmed.
The Jaguars are hoping for big things from the former Florida man when the 2015 season gets underway. Having excelled at college level - 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in his final year playing SEC football - everyone down in Jacksonville is excited about an improved pass rushing game moving forward.
Jaguars fans: How big of a blow would it be to lose Dante Fowler in the team's first minicamp practice? Discuss the issues in the comments section below...
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