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News: 3 days agoCoach Doug Pederson said Tuesday that Kirk will "miss some time" due to the core muscle injury that he suffered during Monday's 34-31 overtime defeat to the Bengals, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.
Spin: Kirk departed following a 26-yard catch on the Jaguars' first offensive play of the game with what was termed a groin injury at the time. He later was ruled out after halftime. Pederson already has said Kirk won't be available for Sunday's game at Cleveland, so Jacksonville's available wide receivers Week 14 will be Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, Parker Washington, Tim Jones and potentially Elijah Cooks. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Kirk may require surgery to address the issue, which likely would sideline him until the later stages of the playoffs, assuming the team makes a run.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Kirk signed with the Jaguars last offseason and proceeded to have the best season of his career. The 2018 second-round pick posted modest numbers during four seasons in Arizona but was a featured target in Jacksonville and ended up no lower than 15th among WRs in targets, receptions, yards, TDs and fantasy points. The 26-year-old will remain a featured target in a Jaguars offense on the ascent, but the arrival of Calvin Ridley figures to reduce his volume a bit. Kirk had never produced a top-25 fantasy campaign prior to 2022 and, especially with Ridley, Zay Jones, Evan Engram and Travis Etienne in the mix this season, he's safest viewed as a high-floor WR3 in 2023.