Jaguars Pro Bowl WR DJ Chark’s status vs. Dolphins in Week 3, revealed
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Chark is nursing an upper-body injury and could be a game-time decision. Rapoport also noted center Brandon Linder is out for Jacksonville, while star Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones is out with a leg issue.
For the Thursday Night Game: #Dolphins CB Byron Jones (groin/Achilles) is out, while S Clayton Fejedelem (pec) is doubtful. For the #Jaguars, C Brandon Linder (knee) is out, while WR DJ Chark (chest/back) is questionable.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2020
Chark has made big plays in each of Jacksonville’s first two games.
The 24-year-old caught just three passes in a Week 1 win over the Indianapolis Colts, but one of them was for a touchdown. Chark then hauled in all four of his targets for 84 yards over the Tennessee Titans.
Chark was a Jaguars second-round pick out of LSU in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he played in just 11 games and had only 14 receptions in his rookie season.
But Chark burst onto the scene in 2019, making the Pro Bowl after posting 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. He seemed to establish excellent chemistry with Jags quarterback Gardner Minshew II, who is off to a fast start of his own in 2020.
Minshew completed 19 of his 20 pass attempts in the win over the Colts and also threw three touchdown passes.
Although he tossed a pair of interceptions against the Titans in Week 2, Minshew still completed close to 67 percent of his passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
Minshew will have to adjust in the event his top deep threat is forced to sit for Thursday’s game, though the Dolphins secondary will be missing one of its top covers in Jones.
In any case, Chark’s status is one to monitor for fantasy owners ahead of the first game of Week 3.