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Jaguars' QB Nathan Rourke Undergoes Foot Surgery

The former CFL quarterback underwent surgery this week, according to

Weeks after joining the Jacksonville Jaguars' roster, quarterback Nathan Rourke underwent foot surgery and is set to rehab with the team moving into the offseason.

According to TSN's Farhan Lalji, Rourke, who signed with the Jaguars on Jan. 16, the surgery was to remove plate and screws in his foot. 

"Last season as a member of the CFL's BC Lions, Rourke underwent right foot surgery in August after suffering a Lisfranc sprain against the Saskatchewan Roughriders," Lalji said. "The Canadian would return for the playoffs, beating the Calgary Stampeders in the divisional round before falling to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Final."

Rourke played at Ohio University from 2017-19 and threw for 7,457 yards and 60 TDs in three seasons, leading the Bobcats to three consecutive bowl victories. 

Rourke was drafted by the CFL’s BC Lions in 2020 and played with the Lions from 2021-22. He appeared in 22 games (11 starts) from 2021-22 and completed 300-of-395 passes for 4,035 yards and 28 TDs. Rourke completed 78.7 of his passes in 2022, setting a new CFL record and earned the CFL’s award for Most Outstanding Canadian.

Rourke, who signed a Reserves/Futures contract with the Jaguars, will join Trevor Lawrence and undrafted rookie quarterback E.J. Perry in Jacksonville's quarterback room. Jaguars 2022 backup quarterback C.J. Beathard is set to be a free agent in March, giving Rourke a chance to potentially compete for a spot on the roster. 

"Again, the quarterback position, I’ve always sort of adopted the philosophy of if you can find a guy that can come in, whether he’s your third or your fourth guy, and add the competition, add the value, I keep bringing that up, but that’s what we do," Jaguars head coach Pederson said this past offseason.