Jaguars’ Marcedes Lewis leaves practice after aggravating calf injury
The 29-year-old Lewis missed part of training camp and the second half of the preseason due to a calf injury he originally suffered while playing the New York Jets on Aug. 17. Lewis did some work on Monday and started out good on the field Wednesday until he developed tightness in his left calf and was forced to leave practice early. However, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley doesn’t believe this recent injury to be as severe.
"It tightened up on him so we pulled him out of practice to have him evaluated. So we’ll see how he is,” Bradley said. “It wasn’t like the first time but I think he felt it get tight. It’s pretty warm today and hydration and things like that [could have been factors]."
Last season, Lewis caught 52 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns while starting 15 of 16 games for the Jaguars.
The Jaguars already have Lewis listed as questionable for Sunday nights’ season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Lewis’ absence due to an injury setback could potentially leave the Jaguars thin at tight end. That is due too very little experience at the position in the team’s offense. The Jaguars have Allen Reisner, who was claimed off waivers last December, at backup tight end. Reisner also spent a big chunk of the first two seasons of his career on the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad, after the team picked him up as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa in 2011.
However, Reisner has not recorded a single reception over 10 career games.
The Jaguars also added D.J. Williams and Clay Harbor at the position after both were claimed off waivers last weekend. The former fourth-round tight end Harbor spent the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 39 career games, Harbor caught 47 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles. Meanwhile, Williams, who played in 26 games over the past two seasons, caught just nine passes for 70 yards.
Also limited in practice Wednesday was running back Justin Forsett (toe), defensive tackle Roy Miller (knee), left guard Will Rackley (ankle) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (allergic skin reaction).
Rackley was practicing for the first time since suffering an injury against the Eagles on Aug. 24.
Newly added receiver Stephen Burton left the practice early due to cramping issues.