The Jacksonville Jaguars activated defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from the suspended list on Tuesday, releasing defensive tackle Michael Bennett in a corresponding move.
Fowler was suspended one game for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy, presumably for his role in a parking lot altercation in July of 2017.
In March, Fowler pleaded no contest to a battery charge related to the incident and was sentenced to a year of probation, 75 hours of community service and a $925 fine.
As a result of his suspension, he missed Jacksonville’s season-opening 20-15 win over the New York Giants.
Fowler, 24, went third overall in the 2015 draft and missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury, but he has tallied 12.0 sacks over the last two seasons as a situational pass rusher, including 8.0 sacks on just 464 defensive snaps in 2017.
The Jaguars play the New England Patriots this weekend in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game. Fowler had two sacks in that contest, a 24-20 New England win.
“I actually expect myself to go out there be that same consistent player and start where I left off,” Fowler told reporters Monday.
Bennett, 25, appeared in 14 games with the Jaguars over the last three seasons. The 2015 sixth-round pick had 11 tackles and 0.5 sacks in that time.
—Field Level Media