Dante Fowler Jr. has been suspended for the Jaguars first game of the 2018 regular season against the Giants. This according to Mike Kaye of First Coast News.
In a statement just released by the team EVP Tom Couhglin had this to say:
"We were informed today of Dante's one game suspension and we will abide by the league's ruling. We'll work to get Dante ready to play when his able to return."
This is just the latest blemish in a long list of issues that Dante Fowler has dealt with off the field.
On the field Fowler Jr. had a bit of a breakout in 2017, recording eight regular season sacks and two more in the AFC Championship game.
Earlier this summer the Jaguars elected not to pick up his fifth year option, which means, as of now, that he'll be a free agent following the 2018 season. For a player looking for a new deal, who has made more headlines for his off-field antics than his on-field play, this is not a good way to start a contract year.
It appears that this suspension stems from same incident that led him to being put on one year probation. In March Fowler pleaded no contest on charges of battery, criminal mischief, and petty theft charges from an arrest in May of 2017.
Second year defensive end Dawuane Smoot will likely see a bigger than usual role in the Jaguars week one road matchup against the Giants.
Fowler Jr. missed minicamp with an undisclosed upper body injury and is working to be ready for the start of training camp. He reportedly lost a substantial amount of upper body mass due to his injury.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
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