JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Wide receiver/kick returner Jermaine Lewis of the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars will miss the remainder of the 2003 season because of a torn ACL in his left knee.
He suffered the injury in Sunday's 38-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on a double-reverse play.
"I heard it snap," Lewis, who will undergo surgery in about two weeks, told the Florida Times-Union. "It's real frustrating. I felt like I was going to have a good year."
"You have to move on," said Coach Jack Del Rio. "It's unfortunate. Jermaine was a guy who was filling the role that we got him for."
Lewis, signed to a three-year, $3 million contract as a free agent in the offseason, is considered one of the game's premier punt and kickoff return men. He also was seeing duty as the Jaguars' No. 3 receiver.
While with Baltimore, he returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown in the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV win over the New York Giants.
The Jaguars now are 0-2.