During Saturday’s preseason game between the Jags and the Falcons, Jacksonville jaguars WR Marqise Lee as forced to leave the game after suffering a brutal knee injury when he got tackled by Atlanta’s Damontae Kazee
Kazee immediately took to Twitter to apologize to Lee for the hit.
Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey spoke to ESPN and says he doesn’t blame Kazee for Lee’s injury but instead blames the NFL’s new helmet rule for making players “scared to tackle normal”.
You can’t be mad at 27 [Kazee],” cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. “You have to be mad at the NFL; not mad at them, but that is how the rule is. People are scared to tackle normal because I guess they don’t want to do helmet-to-helmet and get flagged. … Game-changing stuff could happen. You don’t really want to blame anyone, but you feel bad for him.
As for Lee, Jags coach Doug Marrone says the team will not know about the extent of his injury until doctors finish their examinations.
“Obviously it looked bad,” Marrone said. “Doctors told me, ‘Hey listen, we’re not going to be able to know anything until tomorrow, and we’ll have more information tomorrow on it.”’
“… Did anyone think it didn’t look bad? I’m just saying it looked bad. I’m just like you in that I’m waiting for the doctor to tell me so I can tell you guys, but I know what I see. I’m not going to sit there and say it didn’t look bad. It looked bad.”
Hopefully Lee’s season isn’t in jeopardy but the injury looked bad.