Jaguars forwards Smoot and Robinson placed in IR

JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot tied for the team lead with five sacks Thursday night against the New York Jets after suffering a torn right Achilles for the rest of the season. absent.

Smoot and powerful starting offensive lineman Cam Robinson were placed on injured reserve by Jacksonville on Monday after suffering a knee injury in an overtime home win over Dallas two Sundays ago.

Smoot made his statement on social media Saturday, a day after coach Doug Pederson said the Jaguars were awaiting test results.

“I’m disappointed not to be able to finish the season with my brothers on the court as we battle for a playoff spot, but I’m proud of the work we’ve done as a team to make our Being able to play meaningful football at this time of the season,” Smoot wrote.

If the Jaguars (7-8) win their final two games, they will be in the playoffs for the first time since Smoot’s rookie season in 2017.

Smoot added that he plans to move forward with the team. He also thanked fans for “all the support and messages I’ve received over the last 24 hours.”

The injury could be costly for Smoot, who is expected to miss about eight or nine months while rehabbing. The sixth-year pro is in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract he signed to stay in Jacksonville.

Smoot had 123 tackles in 87 career games, including 22½ sacks. He has had at least five sacks in each of the past four years, mostly as a role player. He has 21 tackles for loss and 12 QB hits in 15 games this season.