Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Lewis aggravates calf injury, muddles TE picture
By Michael DiRocco
Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis left practice early on Wednesday after feeling some tightness in his calf, coach Gus Bradley said.
Lewis has been limited throughout the second half of the preseason with a calf injury that he suffered in pregame warm-ups against the New York Jets on Aug. 17. Bradley said he doesn’t believe this new injury is as severe.
"It tightened up on him so we pulled him out of practice to have him evaluated," Bradley said. "So we’ll see how he is. It wasn’t like the first time but I think he felt it get tight. It’s pretty warm today and hydration and things like that [could have been factors]."
Lewis caught 52 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. It was only the second time in his career that he has caught more than 50 passes in a season.
Tight end is a position that the Jaguars have bodies but very little experience in the Jaguars’ offense. Lewis’ top backup is Allen Reisner, who signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa and spent 2011 and most of the 2012 season on the Vikings’ practice squad. The Jaguars claimed him off waivers on Dec. 24, 2012, and he has been with the team since.
However, Reisner has played in only 10 games and has not caught a pass.
The other two tight ends -- D.J. Williams and Clay Harbor -- were claimed off waivers last Saturday. Harbor spent the past three seasons with Philadelphia and caught 47 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns.
Williams played in 26 games over the past two seasons and has nine receptions for 70 yards.