Jags' Bortles has surgery on throwing wrist
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles underwent surgery on his right wrist last week in order to address an issue he dealt with all of this season, according to multiple reports.
The surgery was to repair a small tear and a full recovery is expected.
Bortles is facing an uncertain offseason. Jacksonville previously exercised the 25-year-old's fifth-year option worth $19,053,000, but it doesn't become fully guaranteed until the third day of the league year (March 16). However, the option is guaranteed for injury, which could put the Jaguars in a difficult spot if they want to move on from Bortles but he is unable to pass a physical by mid-March.
"I've enjoyed my four years here in Jacksonville, and I would love to be able to play here for as long as they would let me," Bortles said following the Jaguars' AFC Championship loss. "What they do and all the decisions that are made are kind of out of my control. I'd be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here, and hopefully that can happen."
Bortles is coming off the second-best season of his career statistically. He threw for 3,687 yards and 21 touchdowns while tossing a career-low 13 interceptions in leading the Jacksonville to a division title at 10-6.
Bortles was even more efficient in his three postseason starts, throwing for 594 yards and three touchdowns compared to no interceptions.
Bortles reportedly played through most of the 2016 season with two shoulder separations and wrist tendinitis. However, he was able to avoid surgery for both issues last offseason.
--Field Level Media