JACKSONVILLE – Josh Allen didn’t practice Thursday.
He won’t practice Friday, either, but Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said the knee keeping the rookie edge defender out of organized team activities isn’t expected to be a problem.
Allen, the No. 7 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, sustained a bruised right knee in the Jaguars’ first 2019 OTA practice Tuesday. He was on the side in practice Thursday rather than participating in the non-padded, non-contact work – as a precautionary measure.
“We’re just keeping him on the side, working,” Marrone said shortly before 2019 OTA Day 2 practice at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. “He’ll be fine. We’re not concerned about it.”
Marrone added of any concern over the issue, “Nothing. Zero.”
“It’s a bruise,” he said. “That’s it. That’s why I want to be sure to set it straight.”
Marrone said he addressed Allen’s knee publicly so “nothing gets crazy.” The NFL does not require teams to address injuries in the offseason.
Marrone said Allen will not practice Friday.
“If he was going to be back tomorrow, I wouldn’t say anything,” he said with a smile. “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.’”
Allen, wide receiver Marqise Lee and running back Benny Cunningham worked on the side Thursday. Left tackle Cam Robinson, linebacker Jake Ryan and defensive lineman Lyndon Johnson all did rehabilitation work inside Thursday.
Marrone said he was encouraged by the level of participation from Lee, a sixth-year veteran who missed last season with a preseason knee injury that included a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
“You want him on the field, and he actually looks like he can go play now,” Marrone said. “He’s done a hell of a job. He really has. He’s had a good offseason of rehab. He looks really good.”