No. 3 Draft Pick Fowler Set to Miss NFL Season With Knee Injury

  • Fowler injured less than an hour into first minicamp session
  • 20-year-old will likely still be paid if not under contract
Dante Fowler, the third overall pick of last month’s National Football League draft, is expected to sit out the season after tearing a knee ligament during his first minicamp session with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 20-year-old linebacker tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Jaguars said. Fowler went down Friday less than an hour into the team’s first minicamp and was helped off the field.

The Jaguars haven’t announced a signed contract for Fowler. If the rookie hasn’t signed an agreement, he will likely still be paid, according to Andrew Brandt, a former Green Bay Packers executive who’s now a business analyst for ESPN. Brandt said on his twitter account that rookies typically sign injury protection forms for participation in minicamps that guarantee clubs will pay them the salary assigned to their draft slot. 

The No. 3 pick is slotted for about $20.7 million over four years. Jaguars spokesman Tad Dickman and Fowler’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, didn’t return e-mails seeking comment. 

Fowler was drafted out of the University of Florida. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound outside linebacker led the Gators with 15 tackles for a loss in 2014 and added 8 1/2 sacks.