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Gameday inactives: Thomas, Watson to start at linebacker


LONDON, England – As expected, J.T. Thomas moved back to the middle.

Also as expected, that meant a move back into the Otto position for veteran linebacker Dekoda Watson against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Thomas, who has started somewhere at linebacker for the Jaguars since Week 4, returned to the middle linebacker position in place of Jeremiah George, one of seven players the Jaguars made inactive on Sunday 90 minutes before kickoff of the game at Wembley Stadium.

With Thomas starting in the middle for a second time in three weeks, Watson moved into the starting Otto position. That's where he will start Sunday if the Jaguars are in their base defense.

Thomas started at the Otto in Weeks 4-7 and Week 9.

The Jaguars made George inactive an hour and a half before kickoff along with guard Brandon Linder, defensive end Andre Branch, wide receiver Mike Brown, running back Storm Johnson, cornerback Tommie Campbell and offensive tackle Sam Young.

Linder had started the first nine games of the season at right guard, but was declared inactive with a shoulder injury. Branch did not make the trip to London because of a groin injury.

Jacques McClendon, the Jaguars' starting center in the first two games of the season, will start at right guard in place of Linder.

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