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Jaguars LB Leon Jacobs presumed out for the season after brutal ACL tear

Leon Jacobs, Jaguars, ACL

A number of NFL players have sustained ACL injuries in the past few weeks, and there was another name added to that unfortunate list on Thursday after the Jacksonville Jaguars’ loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Jaguars linebacker Leon Jacobs suffered a torn ACL in Thursday night’s defeat to the Dolphins.

Jacobs was injured on just the seventh play of the game after he collided with Dolphins tight ends Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe. He was carted off the field, and will now be forced to watch the remainder of Jacksonville’s season from the sidelines.

The former seventh-round draft pick has primarily been a special teams player for the Jaguars, though he also made an impact on the defensive side of the ball last season.

Jacobs notched a pair of sacks and four tackles for a loss in 2019 despite playing just 31 percent of all defensive snaps. He opened the 2020 season with three combined tackles (one for a loss) before sustaining the injury on Thursday.

Knee injuries have unfortunately been very prevalent in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was one of three players to suffer a torn ACL in Week 2, with San Francisco 49ers edge-rusher Nick Bosa and Denver Broncos wideout Courtland Sutton receiving the same diagnosis.

It bears wondering whether these injuries have occurred in part due to the slow buildup in advance of the 2020 season.

Organized team activities were canceled, and players mostly had to conduct their own workouts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Not to mention, the four preseason games were eliminated.

In any case, the Jaguars will lament the loss of the up-and-coming Jacobs.