Jaguars’ Lee suffers apparent serious knee injury

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (11) holds his left leg after being tackled during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons.Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee left with knee injury during the first quarter of the preseason game against the Falcons.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee appeared to suffer a serious knee injury during the first quarter of a preseason game on Saturday night against the Atlanta Falcons in Jacksonville, Fla.

Lees left leg bent awkwardly when he was hit low by Falcons safety Damontae Kazee at the Jacksonville 42-yard line. Lee remained on the field for several minutes before he was taken to the locker room on a cart. He did not return to the game.

Kazee was penalized for lowering his helmet on the tackle.

After the game, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone provided no additional information on Lees injury status.

Lee is the most experienced wideout for the Jaguars, who are considered one of the AFC South favorites and a potential Super Bowl contender this year.

The 2014 second-round NFL Draft pick from USC finished last season with 56 receptions. He had signed a four-year, $34 million contract in March and was set to be the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Blake Bortles this year.

In four NFL seasons with the Jaguars, Lee has totaled 171 receptions for 2,166 yards and eight touchdowns.

An extended absence would leave the Jaguars with mostly inexperienced wide receivers. That group includes Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and rookie D.J. Chark.