Porter will miss training camp, preseason after hamstring surgery

Updated: July 19, 2008, 7:38 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jerry Porter is expected to miss part of training camp because of a hamstring injury that hasn't healed.

Jerry Porter

Porter

The Jaguars said Porter underwent hamstring surgery on Friday to repair the problem. According to the team, the surgery was successful and recovery time is six-to-eight weeks. Porter will miss training camp and all four preseason games but is expected to be back for the start of the regular season.

Porter's absence from training camp will be a setback to the offense. The Jaguars gave Porter a six-year, $30.4 million contract with the hopes of using him as a No. 1 receiver. Porter told reporters this spring he wasn't going to rush back from the injury because hamstring problems tend to linger.

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The Jaguars have the depth to carry then through until Porter is healthy. Troy Williamson, acquired from the Vikings in an offseason trade, has impressed coaches with his speed and pass-catching ability. Reggie Williams is the starter on the other side. Dennis Northcutt can work the slot.

The team also likes John Broussard, a seventh-round pick from last season, and Mike Walker, a third-round pick from 2007. Former first-round pick Matt Jones is also on the roster. He has been a disappointment on the field the past two sesaons. He didn't help his chances of making the team after being arrested last week and charged with felony drug possession in Arkansas.

Porter played 16 games for the Raiders last season, catching 44 passes for 705 yards and six touchdowns.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer

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