Jaguars All-Pro offensive tackle Tony Boselli suffered a bruised bone in his right knee during practice today.
"At this point in time, with the information that I have, after a very thorough MRI and after multiple X-rays and the doctors looking at it very thoroughly, the knee is stable," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "There is a bone bruise. But as far as I know right now, there is no cartilage damage and there is no damage to the ACL. It's a positive outlook at this point in time. An aggressive rehab is going to begin to take place right away. The nature of the injury is such that there is a lot of pain because it's bone on bone when that occurs. But the structure of the knee is sound and stable at this point in time. There is no cartilage damage."
Coughlin added that Boselli is now walking with crutches, but that "he was weight-bearing for the doctor for the examination, which was good." As for how long Boselli will be out, Coughlin said, "I have no idea about that. If tomorrow morning, after further examinations, with the doctors going through all the tugging and pulling that they went through two or three times today, if the analysis is exactly the same, then the aggressive rehab will start to take place, and then we'll just have to see how he tolerates it."
With regard as to how Boselli suffered the injury, Coughlin said, "It was a pass protection. He was on the backside," said Coughlin. "He evidently pivoted to take the rush around and he kind of twisted his right knee. My recollection was that he felt injured and he was trying to get himself down on the ground."
Coughlin said that Boselli had suffered a bone bruise in the past. Today's injury was to the same knee in which Boselli suffered a torn ACL on January 2, 2000. He returned from that injury in eight months and started all 16 games last season. "The knee had been doing well," said Coughlin.
With Boselli sidelined, first-year free agent Gannon Shepherd is expected to take over at left tackle.
Today's two practices were the last two-a-days during this year's training camp. The Jaguars will hold the final practice of their 2001 training camp at 3:40 p.m. Monday at Ferrell Fields.