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The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed TE Dan Arnold on injured reserve, the team announced today.
— JaguarsPR (@JaguarsPR) November 30, 2021
If losing players like DJ Chark, Travis Etienne, and Jamal Agnew wasn’t enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be without their top tight end heading forward as the team announced that Dan Arnold has officially been placed on the injured reserve.
The news comes a day after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Arnold would be out four to six weeks with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. It was an injury he suffered in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Arnold sustained the injury after hauling in his first and only reception of the game from Trevor Lawrence. He proceeded up the field and started to pull several defenders with him before being brought down for a nine-yard reception. However, he was slow to get up, and his actions on the sideline were a big indication that his injury could be severe.
Jaguars TE Dan Arnold got hurt on that reception and he just threw his helmet to the ground on the sideline before going into the blue medical tent. They appeared to be looking at his right leg on the field.
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) November 28, 2021
Arnold, who the Jags picked up through a trade with the Carolina Panthers in September, will head to the injured reserve with 35 receptions for 408 yards this season. Of those receptions, 28 of them were with the Jags (for 324 yards).
With the veteran heading to injured reserve, Arnold will have to at least miss three weeks. However, based on the timeline provided by Rapoport, he could be out longer or for the rest of the season.
With Arnold out, the Jags will now lean on veteran James O’Shaughnessy to lead the way, who just returned from the injured reserve himself on Sunday. Behind him will also be veteran Chris Manhertz and rookie Luke Farrell, both of whom received extensive playtime in O’Shaughnessy’s absence.