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Bye week Tuesday: LB Dekoda Watson released, WR Allen Robinson out for year


JACKSONVILLE – Bye-week Tuesday turned into a busy Tuesday.

And when the news settled late in the day, the Jaguars not only had parted ways with a high-profile offseason free-agent signee, they had lost one of their top rookies.

Dekoda Watson, signed in the offseason to play the Otto linebacker position, was released Tuesday, the same day the team announced that rookie wide receiver Allen Robinson will be placed on season-ending injured reserve with a stress fracture in his right foot.

The Jaguars also on Tuesday claimed cornerback Teddy Williams off waivers from Chicago and released cornerback Peyton Thompson from the active roster. They waived cornerback Lou Young from the practice squad.

"He was doing very well for us and progressing very well," Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said of Robinson. "He had great development. You don't want to downplay the impact that will have. He was an important part and doing very well."

The Jaguars are off Sunday and will play at Indianapolis next Sunday.

The Jaguars on Tuesday also moved cornerback Aaron Colvin from the non-football injury list to the active roster, and announced that tight end Marcedes Lewis will be activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list next week.

The team announced Watson's release around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

With the announcement came the end of Watson's 10-game stint with the team, a tenure that began with him missing the offseason, organized team activities and training camp with a groin injury. He missed the first two preseason games on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

He returned to practice August 18, playing the final two preseason games.

Watson, who signed as an unrestricted free agent in March from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, finished the season having played in nine of 10 games. He was the No. 1 Otto linebacker for two games, making his only start in a loss to Dallas this past Sunday.

He made eight tackles, three solos, on defense, and had six special teams tackles.

LaRoy Reynolds started the first three games of the season at the Otto, with J.T. Thomas moving into the position after that. Watson started at the Otto Sunday when Thomas moved into the middle.

Robinson, a second-round selection from Penn State University, caught 48 passes for 548 yards and two touchdowns. He played in 10 games, starting eight.

"It's tough," he said. "I've come this far to this point in the season, and was just starting to find my way and get in a groove. At the end of the day, it's ups and downs that I've just got to live with. I've got to come back strong."

Robinson missed much of the offseason and preseason with a hamstring issue, but said he hadn't previously had a broken bone. He said he began to feel the injury against Miami in Week 8 and played through the end of the loss to Dallas Sunday before having an MRI following the game.

Colvin spent the first 10 games of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, having missed the preseason and training camp with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained at the Senior Bowl last January. The Jaguars selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft from the University of Oklahoma.

"I'm very excited," Colvin said. "I'm very anxious, but I know the more I get prepared the more anxious I won't be."

Colvin practiced the last three weeks, and the Jaguars' last day to move him to the active roster was Tuesday. Bradley said Tuesday he expects Colvin to get snaps at nickel cornerback against Indianapolis November 23.

That's also the first game Lewis will be eligible to return. The ninth-year veteran tight end has been on the IR-designated to return with a high-ankle sprain since a Week 3 loss to Indianapolis.

Also on Tuesday:

*Right tackle Austin Pasztor sustained a hamstring injury in a loss to Dallas Sunday. He will be evaluated throughout the week, the team announced.

*Starting rookie right guard Brandon Linder has improved after missing Sunday with a shoulder strain and could return to practice next Wednesday, the team announced.

*Middle linebacker Jeremiah George is progressing well from a high-ankle sprain that kept him out of the Dallas game. His status will be updated next week, the team announced.

*Wide receiver Allen Hurns sustained a concussion against Dallas and will remain in town to be evaluated over the bye, the team announced.

*Bradley said the team has not considered placing defensive end Andre Branch on injured reserve. He has missed the last three games with a groin injury.

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