The injury to starting safety Dwight Lowery may be more serious than the Jacksonville Jaguars initially led us to believe.
After announcing last week that Lowery would be out for at least this week’s game against the Oakland Raiders with an ankle injury, the Jaguars kicked off this week by announcing they signed safety Chris Harris.
Harris is not a young safety the Jaguars are signing because they are looking for depth. He is a veteran safety with several years of starting experience in the NFL that could be in line to see a large number of snaps this Sunday if he can get comfortable in his new defensive scheme.
Since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Harris has seen significant time as a starter with the Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions. He has started 88 of the 96 games he has played in during his professional career.
The signing of Harris may also be an indication that the Jaguars are not entirely confident in current backup Chris Prosinski as a fill-in starter. Prosinski is in line to start on Sunday, but he has had several issues this season with blowing coverage assignments and missing tackles.
The Jaguars expect Lowery to be out for another 1-2 weeks, but with Harris, they have some options in his absence.
To make room for Harris on the Jaguars active roster, the team released cornerback Kevin Rutland, who has been inactive the past two games after suffering a concussion in the Jaguars victory over the Indianapolis Colts.