The Jaguars’ veteran defensive end was bothered by a groin issue early in 2013 organized team activities and went to Philadelphia Tuesday for a second opinion. He had surgery while there, Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said after Tuesday’s practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
Bradley said Babin will miss the rest of OTAs and next week’s June 11-13 minicamp, but should be ready for training camp when it begins in late July.
“I guess it went really well,” Bradley said of the surgery.
Babin, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, had a sack and a half after being claimed off waivers from Philadelphia with five games remaining last season. He likely will start next season at the team’s new Leo position, a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role in Bradley’s defensive scheme.
“I’m just taking this opportunity to get better,” Branch said.
Bradley said Jaguars Head Athletic Trainer Mike Ryan reported that Babin’s surgery went well.
“It went really good, it went really clean and they ended up taking care of it,” Bradley said. “I guess it’s kind of been aggravated a little bit where he’s felt it so he just went up to get a second opinion on it.”
VIEW FROM THE OZONE
“We talked to them in meetings today about handing a situation where you had some time off. The challenge was to execute right from where we left off. We really challenged them. We wanted to really test them. We had goal-line and some four-minute situations we had to accomplish. I think you saw a high-tempo practice. That’s what we wanted to challenge them with.”
--- Head Coach Gus Bradley
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I learn each and every day from (defensive line) coach (Todd) Wash, and I go against (left tackle) Eugene (Monroe) every day. He’s a dominant left tackle, and me and him are working with each other. We do a lot of things with the Leo. We drop, rush, play the run, do everything .We cover the tight end. We cover the wide receiver. We’ll be all over the place. I love that.”
--- Defensive end Andre Branch
The Jaguars will hold the eighth of 10 organized team activities practices at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields Wednesday at 11:25 p.m. OTA practices are closed to the public.
AROUND THE JAGUARS
*Wide receiver Justin Blackmon returned to practice after missing the second week of OTAs with a groin injury, and wide receiver Ace Sanders also practiced. Sanders had missed the early part of OTAs before returning late in Week Two. De’Leon Eskridge also returned after missing the first two weeks of OTAs attending school.
*Bradley said he was pleased with the Jaguars’ offense in the first OTA work after 10 days off. “I thought they did a nice job,” he said. “We had some different situations. We don’t look too far ahead but we do have seven practices in the next couple of weeks that are taking place and we really want to make great strides in them. We’ve had a chance to go through a couple of installs and now we need to see it starting to come together and more confidence within the system. I thought it was a good start today.”