The Jaguars bid to upset the defending Super Bowl Champion Patriots was dealt yet another blow as former 2014 second-round pick Marqise Lee was downgraded from probable to questionable, leaving the team dangerously thin at the wide receiver position.
If Lee doesn't play, the Jaguars will have just Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Bryan Walters and the newly elevated Tony Washington lining up wide for Blake Bortles. Tight end Julius Thomas will also miss Sunday's game.
Here was the announced move via NFL Media:
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the promotion of first-year wide receiver Tony Washington from the club’s practice squad to the 53-man active roster. To make room on the roster, the club released third-year LBLaRoy Reynolds.
Washington, 5-11, 198, spent the 2015 offseason and preseason with the Jaguars before being waived during final cuts. Washington was signed by Jacksonville back to the practice squad on Sept. 7. During the 2015 preseason, Washington caught five passes for 67 yards (13.4 rec. avg.). He has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game.
Washington will wear number 12.
It's difficult to imagine the Patriots not putting as many men as possible at the line of scrimmage to stop T.J. Yeldon and the Jaguars running game. The running game has also been dealt a blow as the team may miss Luke Joeckel and Brandon Linder.