It was time for all the Jacksonville Jaguars veterans to report to training camp Thursday, and defensive end Chris Clemons was nowhere to be found.
It's being reported that Clemons' absence is because of "personal reasons."
“I can’t get too much into it," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. "There are some personal things that he’s going through. I can tell you this that we’ve been in really good communication with him. If you were to ask me is it concerning, I would say yeah. I’ve told you that I would always be open as much as I can with you. This one is a little concerning not so much for the staff or the team or things like that but I think more concerning for Clem. My hope is that we can work through this but it’s been great communication. I just talked to him again this morning and talked to him last night. We’ll see how it is. Hopefully we come up with a decision to speed things up a little bit quicker. I don’t see this as a situation that’s extended.”
It's certainly a good thing that the Jaguars have been in contact with Clemons and hopefully the situation will be resolved soon, as Clemons is an important member of the defense. A defense that currently has its best player, defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks as well as rookie safety James Sample beginning on the PUP list.
Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley sees Marks' absence as a bigger issue than Clemons, not only because he's a superior player.
“That one is more of a challenge to us," Bradley said of Marks. "We'll see how he progresses. He’s done a really good job in the offseason but I think that’s more week to week as we go through it. You see the strides even greater now but he was here all during the summer, worked out with our training staff so I think as they get a chance to get him on the field more and start running a little bit more maybe it will progress even faster.”
Will Marks be ready for the Jaguars season opener against the Carolina Panthers?
“My hopes is that he’ll be ready week one. I’m not sure," Bradley stated. "I think there’s some things yet to be seen. We are not going to rush it, you know?”
The Jaguars begin training camp practices Friday morning and JagsInsider.com will be there and have all of your updates.
Chris Clemons Doesn't Report To Jaguars Camp
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