Dante Fowler’s knee appears to be fine. His judgment, however, is another question.
The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end was kicked out of Thursday’s joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after getting into a fight with Bucs lineman Ali Marpet.
Jaguars’ coaches have had to tell Fowler to temper his intensity during this year’s training camp. The 2015 No. 3 overall pick has hit players as opposed to pulling up when whistles are blown.
Fowler’s scuffle with Marpet happened during defensive linemen vs. offensive linemen drills. Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley did not see the altercation but specified that he had told players that fighting would not be permitted earlier in the week.
“We’ll take a look at it but our deal was no fighting, no swinging, no anything like that,” Bradley said, according to ESPN. “It’s just controlling that. You want to play at a frenzy. … It’s finding that place to where you’re playing at a high level, high intensity but within the rules.”
Fowler’s 2015 rookie season was cut short before it even got started after he tore his ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp. The injury caused him to miss the entire year.
Folwer’s intensity is something that will get Jags fans excited. The young pass rusher is obviously happy to be back out on the field healthy. But fighting a year removed from ACL surgery during training camp doesn’t figure to be the smartest decision.