JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee practiced for the initial time in practically a year on Saturday, and he plans on getting in the lineup for the Sept. eight season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
That would full his comeback from a serious left knee injury that wiped out his complete 2018 season.
“My objective is honestly to be prepared,” Lee mentioned. “As far as the medical doctors, I can not speak for the medical doctors and the coaches as far as what they program for me to be. As far as me, I am going to continue to take it day by day, attempt to boost, attempt to choose up my volume as far as the workload and hopefully be out there by the time it really is time to go.”
Lee, who had been carrying out rehab function off to the side for the duration of OTAs and instruction camp, stepped into a huddle Saturday for his initial play given that Aug. 25, 2018.
He was injured for the duration of the initial quarter of the Jaguars’ third preseason game final year when Atlanta Falcons security Damontae Kazee drove his helmet into Lee’s left knee, which resulted in torn anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.
Lee, who has missed 27 games with different injuries given that the Jaguars drafted him in the second round in 2014, mentioned getting back on the field was a specific moment.
“I’ve been unable to be out there and function with them and sweat with them [and] it really is been really challenging for me,” Lee mentioned. “Now I’ve got the chance to be back and sweat with them and grind with them. I do not [have] no worries no much more.”
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Lee does have a lot of function ahead of him if he is going to play in the opener against the Chiefs. Although he has a very good understanding of coordinator John DeFilippo’s new offense on paper, it really is an additional point to run it on the field. Plus, he mentioned he nevertheless has to develop a rapport with quarterback Nick Foles.
Lee is unlikely to play in the two remaining preseason games against the Miami Dolphins (Thursday) and Falcons (Aug. 29), so it might take a though for him to make an influence even even though he’s the Jaguars’ most seasoned receiver (171 catches for two,166 yards, eight TDs).
“It really is all mental at this point,” Lee mentioned. “I really feel like, the physical aspect of it, I did all the rehab and issues I require to do, so now I just got to make positive I remain calm and take it slow. It really is no worries. I believe I am going to be fine as lengthy as I just handle and take care of myself.”