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Nick Foles will not attend Jaguars OTAs, personal reasons cited

Nick Foles will not be in attendance at the Jacksonville Jaguars’ OTA session on Tuesday — and may miss two more scheduled later in the week — for what the team is describing as personal reasons.

The Jaguars are not saying much about Foles’ absence, presumably for privacy reasons. The team also indicated there is no timetable for his return, according to The Athletic’s Daniel Popper.

However, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone’s brief comments on the situation certainly are troubling, as he said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick’s family” before adding the team remains in contact with Foles.

The Jaguars have OTAs scheduled for Tuesday, May 30-31, June 3-4 and June 6-7, with a three-day mandatory minicamp scheduled for June 11-13.

It’s unclear when Foles will be back with the team, though it’s possible the quarterback could attend OTAs later in the week. That said, Foles’ ongoing absence is reportedly “open-ended” at this point, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Foles joined the Jaguars after signing a four-year, $88 million deal in April following an outstanding stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. Serving as Carson Wentz’s backup, Foles went on to earn MVP honors in the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots.

Foles sits atop the Jags’ depth chart, with Tanner Lee and Gardner Minshew backing him up. In Foles’ absence, those two quarterbacks presumably will see all the action at OTAs.