Two days into OTAs in Jacksonville, Josh Allen is being shut down for the week.
The Jaguars rookie pass rusher and first-round pick is dealing with a knee contusion and didn’t participate in practice Thursday, the team announced.
Allen suffered the injury in the team’s first OTA session on Tuesday and also is expected to sit out Friday, though Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said it’s just a precautionary measure and he isn’t worried about him being sidelined for an extended period.
“We’re just keeping him on the side, working,” Marrone said. “He’ll be fine. We’re not concerned about it.”
When asked if there’s any concern, Marrone replied, “Nothing. Zero. It’s a bruise. That’s it. That’s why I want to be sure to set it straight.”
The Jaguars selected Allen out of Kentucky with the seventh overall pick in last month’s draft, so keeping him healthy certainly is a priority.
“If he was going to be back (Friday), I wouldn’t say anything,” Marrone said. “We’re going to be cautious. This time of year, there’s no need to rush anyone back. He’s in shape. He’s strong. He’s done everything we’ve asked.
“Any other player we’d be doing the same thing, but just because it’s him I think you need to make sure you set everybody straight so nobody goes ‘conspiracy theory.’”
The team will hold OTAs through June 7 before opening mandatory minicamp June 11.