D.J. Chark

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17
Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17
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D.J. Chark News

No physical limitations

Chark said he has taken part in early offseason workouts with no real physical limitations, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "[The coaching staff] is always there to let me know like, if it's bothering me I don't have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I'm at my peak when the season starts. But no, I do everything that everybody else does," Chark recently said.

Analysis: Chark missed most of the 2021 campaign with a fractured ankle, but he has seemingly had a productive offseason that somewhat started with joining Jared Goff for throwing sessions in California. Since then the receiver has been getting acclimated in Detroit and has remained setback-free while doing so. If the 25-year-old can stay that way through the end of the summer, Chark should easily open the season as the Lions' No. 1 perimeter receiver while Jameson Williams (knee) works his way back from an ACL injury.

May 12, 2022 11:18 AM EST

Catching passes from Goff

Chark recently joined Jared Goff for a throwing session in California, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Chark missed most of last season after fracturing his ankle in Week 4. While it's not perfectly clear where he stands in his recovery, head coach Dan Campbell said the Lions expect nearly perfect attendance for the start of offseason workouts, and Chark's ability to catch passes from Goff in recent weeks demonstrates that the wideout is not starting the offseason on the sidelines.

Apr 22, 2022 5:35 AM EST

Signing with Detroit for one season

Chark (ankle) is signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Lions, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Coming back from a season-ending ankle fracture suffered in Week 4 of 2021, the 25-year-old wideout reportedly will receive $10 million guaranteed with another $2 million available via incentives. Chark should be ready for training camp, or perhaps even the offseason program, at which point he'll profile as the top downfield threat for Lions QB Jared Goff. The team also has Amon-Ra St. Brown coming off a big rookie year where he did most of his damage in the slot, while perimeter receiver Josh Reynolds recently signed a two-year extension. Chark, a 2018 second-round pick, caught 147 passes for 2,042 yards and 15 TDs over his four years in Jacksonville, with about half that production coming in his second season (73-1,008-8 receiving line in 2019). He'll turn 26 in September and shouldn't have too much trouble earning snaps and targets in Detroit.

Mar 15, 2022 5:46 AM EST

Officially out for the season

Coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday that Chark (ankle) is out for the season, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Meyer took his time confirming the length of Chark's recovery timetable, as the wideout was placed on IR due to a fractured left ankle back on Oct. 4, but the season-ending nature of his injury can now be considered official. As Meyer noted Monday, Jamal Agnew has impressed over the last two weeks after stepping into a larger role on offense, but Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault remain the clear top two wideouts on Jacksonville's depth chart.

Oct 25, 2021 7:44 AM EST

Officially placed on IR

Chark (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Chark's placement on IR was expected since the receiver is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 campaign due to a fractured left ankle that he sustained in Thursday's loss to the Bengals. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will serve as the Jaguars' top receivers going forward, while Tavon Austin, Tyron Johnson and Jamal Agnew are likely to compete for additional work.

Oct 4, 2021 11:52 AM EST

Heading to IR

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Chark (ankle) will be placed on IR, John Shipley of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Players on IR are technically eligible to return after missing as few as three games, but the fractured left ankle Chark sufferer during last Thursday's loss to the Bengals is expected to sideline him for the rest of the 2021 season. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault will operate as Jacksonville's clear top wideouts going forward, while Tavon Austin could be the favorite to occupy the role Chark handled during the first three weeks of the season.

Oct 4, 2021 8:19 AM EST

Likely out for season

Chark is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a fractured left ankle during Thursday's loss to the Bengals, and he's likely to require surgery to repair the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was carted off the field after suffering the injury Thursday, and it's not a major surprise to find out his 2021 campaign is likely over. Chark will be moved to injured reserve in the near future, and the team should update his status shortly as he continues to be evaluated. The 2018 second-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he is now set to enter free agency coming off a broken ankle while totaling seven catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.

Oct 1, 2021 6:44 AM EST

Suffers broken ankle

Chark suffered a fractured ankle during Thursay's matchup against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Chark is out indefinitely. This is a significant injury for the Jaguars, who have struggled to an 0-3 start before Thursday's game. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault should be considered the main beneficiaries of Chark's absence, while Tyron Johnson and Tavon Austin can replace some of the speed that Chark offers.

Sep 30, 2021 6:03 PM EST

Carted off Thursday

Chark exited Thursday's game against the Bengals with a left leg injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Right tackle Jawaan Taylor fell onto Chark's left leg while blocking for a James Robinson carry during the first drive of the game. Chark couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he went to the cart. The Jaguars should provide more details on the nature and severity of Chark's injury during the postgame presser at the latest. Tyron Johnson and Tavon Austin could work as a deep threat in Chark's place, though Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault should lead the target share.

Sep 30, 2021 5:30 PM EST

Scores TD on three catches

Chark caught three of six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-19 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: Chark caught a 12-yard touchdown late in the second quarter and tied for second on the team in targets, but he didn't offer significant production in the passing game. The 25-year-old has only seven receptions for 154 yards through the first three games of the season, though he's salvaged some fantasy value with two scores. Chark may remain a touchdown dependent option until QB Trevor Lawrence and the offense are able to find more consistency.

Sep 26, 2021 1:58 PM EST

Held to one catch Sunday

Chark caught one of four targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Marvin Jones had a 25-yard touchdown reception to finish Jacksonville's opening possession, but QB Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the offense failed to get anything going the rest of the afternoon. Chark had only three catches Week 1 but was still targeted 12 times, and he wasn't nearly as involved in the offense this week. Outside of a 41-yard touchdown catch Week 1, the 24-year-old wideout has failed to establish a consistent connection with the rookie signal-caller through the first two games of 2021.

Sep 19, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Records TD grab in loss

Chark brought in three of 12 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 37-21 loss to the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: As his extremely poor catch rate implies, Chark's afternoon would have been a complete fantasy washout had it not been for his sensational 41-yard touchdown grab late in the third quarter. The chemistry between Chark and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence clearly needs some work, but the respective talent of each player should certainly lead to some big games as the season unfolds. Chark will look to start making good on that potential in a Week 2 home battle versus the Broncos.

Sep 12, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Fully recovered from finger surgery

Chark (finger) isn't listed on the injury report for Jacksonville's Week 1 matchup with Houston, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As expected, after coach Urban Meyer declared the wideout healthy upon his Monday return to practice. Chark had been out since the first week of August after getting surgery on a hairline fracture in his finger, with the expectation all along that he'd be ready for Week 1. He'll have target competition from fellow wide receivers Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, but the Jaguars don't have a tight end or running back who demands significant volume from rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. The new-look Jags start their season against the AFC South's other rebuilding franchise, traveling to Houston for Week 1.

Sep 8, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Recovered from broken finger

Chark (finger) is 100 percent healthy entering Week 1 after sitting out the preseason, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: It's not a major surprise, as Chark and coach Urban Meyer have consistently indicated the wideout would be ready for the season opener after undergoing surgery in early August for a hairline fracture in his finger. The 24-year-old's status, or lack thereof, on the injury report later this week should provide final confirmation of his outlook for Sunday at Houston.

Sep 6, 2021 2:14 PM EST

No worries for Week 1

Coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Chark (finger) is on track for Sept. 12's season opener in Houston, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Meyer also said wideouts Marvin Jones (shoulder) Tavon Austin (quadriceps) will be available for Week 1. Chark underwent surgery early August to address a hairline fracture in his finger, which forced him to miss the entire preseason, but he'll be available to head the Jaguars' revamped receiving corps with quarterback Trevor Lawrence under center when the regular season kicks off.

Aug 31, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Sits out preseason finale

Chark (finger) won't suit up for Sunday's preseason finale against the Cowboys.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow wideout Marvin Jones (shoulder), though the expectation remains that both players should be available for Week 1 action. Chark is bouncing back from a procedure in early August to repair a hairline fracture of his finger, but as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, look for the 24-year-old to man a starting WR spot in Jacksonville's season-opener, Sept. 12 against the Texans.

Aug 29, 2021 8:46 AM EST

Spotted at practice

Chark (finger) was on the field with pads at Monday's practice but didn't catch any passes, James Johnson of Jags Wire reports.

Analysis: The wideout had surgery in early August to repair a hairline fracture of his finger, with coach Urban Meyer saying afterward that Chark should be ready for the regular-season opener. He'll miss the entire preseason and may be limited in practice for a few more weeks, but his presence on the practice field confirms Chark is on track to suit up against the Texans on Sept. 12, likely working as Jacksonville's No. 1 receiver.

Aug 17, 2021 9:18 AM EST

Has hairline finger fracture repaired

Coach Urban Meyer expects Chark (finger) to play in the Jaguars' season opener against the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Schefter's report confirms that the team's No. 1 wideout underwent surgery to address a hairline fracture of his finger, but given the timing of the procedure, Chark's Week 1 availability isn't expected to be impacted. Assuming that's the case, the 2018 second-rounder remains in line to head a 2021 wide receiver corps that also features Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, with Phillip Dorsett, Collin Johnson and Jamal Agnew also in the mix.

Aug 8, 2021 10:07 AM EST

Undergoes hand procedure

Chark reportedly underwent a procedure this week to address a hairline fracture in his hand, but is expected to be ready for the Jaguars' season opener, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union relays.

Analysis: For his part, Mark Long of the Associated Press indicates that Chark is dealing with a finger issue, but either way, it looks like Jacksonville's top wideout will miss some time and his status will now need to be monitored leading up to Week 1.

Aug 8, 2021 9:45 AM EST

Battling minor injury

Chark is sitting out Friday's practice with an undisclosed minor injury, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: It's unclear when the injury cropped, up, but Chark won't be taking part in Friday's session. Fellow wideout Marvin Jones (personal) is also absent, so Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson should work as the team's top receivers to finish the week. Chark should be considered day-to-day until the team updates his status.

Aug 6, 2021 7:21 AM EST

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