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Jaguars TE James O’Shaughnessy out for the season with torn ACL

James O’Shaughnessy, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars came up short against the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. Unfortunately, it appears some salt has been added to the wound.

Tight end James O’Shaughnessy suffered a knee injury during the game. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, it has been revealed that he will miss the rest of the 2019 NFL season with a torn ACL:

Jaguars TE James O’Shaughnessy suffered a torn ACL and his season is over, sources say. He had the MRI this morning and will have surgery when the swelling goes down. It was a clean tear for the emerging player.

The loss of O’Shaughnessy deals a crucial blow to the Jaguars’ offense. They will now have to find a way to fill the void left in both the run game and the passing game.

The timing of the injury is hardly ideal for O’Shaughnessy since he had finally been in the midst of a breakout campaign during his third year in Jacksonville as a safety net underneath for quarterback Gardner Minshew. The former fifth-round pick was well on his way to putting up career numbers after hauling in 14 receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns through the first five games of the season.

O’Shaughnessy’s primary concern now is getting healthy in time for offseason activities in the summer. The Jaguars will now have to rely on tight ends Geoff Swaim and Seth DeValve to help fill the void up front. Meanwhile, rookie tight end Josh Oliver is still looking to make his return from a hamstring injury.