Jaguars sacks co-leader Smoot out for season

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot posted Saturday on Instagram that he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

Jaguars sacks co-leader Dawuane Smoot (Achilles) out for season 12:02 PM ET Michael DiRoccoESPN Staff Writer Close Covered University of Florida for 13 seasons for ESPN.com and Florida Times-Union Graduate of Jacksonville University Multiple APSE award winner JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot said Saturday that he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon. Smoot posted on his Instagram story that the results of an MRI confirmed the injury, which he suffered during Thursday night's 19-3 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. "I'm disappointed that I won't be able to finish the season on the field alongside my brothers as we fight for a postseason berth, but I'm proud of the work we have done as a team to put ourselves in a position to play meaningful football at this point in the season," he wrote. "I plan to be there for my teammates and support them as we work towards finishing strong." Editor's Picks Jaguars boost playoff hopes behind smothering defense, send Jets to fourth straight loss 2d Rich Cimini and Michael DiRocco MetLife replacing field in 2023, but not to grass 37d Jordan Raanan 1 Related Smoot's injury is the latest instance of a player suffering a season-ending noncontact injury playing on the FieldTurf surface at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The stadium announced last month that it will replace the playing surface next season to a different synthetic surface. The Jaguars (7-8) trail the Tennessee Titans (7-7 heading into Saturday's game against the Houston Texans ) in the AFC South. The teams will meet in Week 18 in Jacksonville, Florida. Smoot is tied with linebacker Josh Allen for the team lead in sacks with five and is second with 12 quarterback hits. He also has 21 tackles, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. This is the fourth consecutive season in which Smoot has had at least five sacks. The Jaguars drafted Smoot out of Illinois in the third round in 2017. He signed a two-year, $10 million extension in 2021 and is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.