By Nick Shook
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Jacksonville might be facing the reality of a thinner receiving corps after Sunday’s practice.
Lee ended up suffering a high-ankle sprain at practice, a source informed told NFL Network Ian Rapoport. Rapoport added that the USC product will try to come back for the season opener, but caution from the team could push his return date back.
Behind Hurns and Allen Robinson, Lee has been Jacksonville’s third option who became a consistent weapon in 2016, setting career-highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He was having a pretty good start to camp, too:
Jacksonville selected Dede Westbrook in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, and the rookie caught a touchdown pass in the Jaguars‘ 31-24 win over the Patriots on Thursday. Ideally, Westbrook would replace Lee if necessary, though there’s a dropoff in experience at the very least. Jacksonville also brought back veteran wideout Arrelious Benn in the offseason, but he’s a different type of receiver than Lee, and was irrelevant other than a 51-yard catch, fall and run for a score against Chicago in 2016.