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Brandon Linder to be placed on injured reserve


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' injury situation got worse Monday.

This time, there's permanency to the situation, with the Jaguars announcing they likely will be without one of their key offensive linemen the rest of the season.

Brandon Linder, the Jaguars' starting right guard and widely believed to be the team's best offensive lineman, likely will be placed on injured reserve this week with a torn labrum, the team announced. Linder missed Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts with the injury.

Linder, a third-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft from the University of Miami , started the first three games of the regular season, playing Week 3 at New England despite having injured the shoulder in practice the previous Wednesday.

He practiced limited last Wednesday, then did not practice the rest of the week. He was ruled out for the Colts game on Friday.

The Jaguars through four games have had a slew of key players miss games with injuries, including defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, running back Denard Robinson, wide receiver Marqise Lee, tight end Julius Thomas, safety Sergio Brown, wide receiver Rashad Greene, cornerback Dwayne Gratz, safety Johnathan Cyprien and left tackle Luke Joeckel.

Until Linder's injury, the Jaguars hadn't placed a starter on the season-ending injured reserve list this season. Greene is on the IR/designated to return list with a thumb injury and can return November 19.

Rookie A.J. Cann started in place of Linder on Sunday. The Jaguars rushed for 142 yards and allowed just one sack.

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