Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon recovering from groin surgery
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon underwent surgery to repair a groin injury that has plagued his summer workouts, and is currently in recovery.
According to the Sunshine State News, Blackmon underwent surgery but is expected to return to the team for the beginning of training camp on July 26. Blackmon, who has been suspended for the first four games of the season, could be key for a struggling Jaguars offense in 2013, barring any more injury setbacks.
The wide receiver instantly became a household name with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, winning 2 Biletnikoff awards, becoming a two-time All-American and the Fiesta Bowl MVP in 2012. With his many accolades in Stillwater behind him, Blackmon became one of the most sought after prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected the All-American with the number 3 overall pick, hoping that he could help the franchise return to their winning ways. However, with a multitude of offensive problems, the wide receiver was one of few standouts last season.
Blackmon accounted for 865 yards, with 5 touchdowns and an impressive 13.5 yards per catch with an offense that ranked 21st in passing yards last season, as per ESPN.
With Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne battling for the starting position, Blackmon’s return could prove vital to the team’s success in 2013. The second year receiver will return on October 6 against the St. Louis Rams after his suspension term has been completed.