As if the play of the Jacksonville Jaguars defense hasn’t been questioned enough this season, the team learned on Monday that middle linebacker Paul Posluszny broke his hand in the loss to Tennessee over the weekend.
His status in terms of playing time is still not known by the franchise.
The Florida Times-Union reported that: “The team said today they are 'continuing to evaluate injury management options,' for Posluszny and did not rule him out for the year.”
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Should he not be able to play on Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts, then head coach Gus Bradley has already made the decision the team would turn to Jordan Tripp as a replacement.
The Jaguars defense is 30th in the league this season in points allowed and surrendered 42 points in the loss to the Titans on the road.
This might be the second time in as many years that an injury has ended Posluszny’s season.
Last year, he tore a pectoral muscle that took him out of action for the second half of last the season . The injury, which was suffered in the third quarter, prevented him from finishing the game. He had a team-high 13 tackles, pushing his season total to 104 in 753 snaps.
The team is thin at the position with Dan Skuta still dealing with an injured groin as well. Only Telvin Smith remains healthy and he was joined by Thurston Armbrister and Jordan Tripp for the final possession.
Tennessee was able to move the ball at will against the Jaguars in a game that included an 87-yard touchdown run by Titans rookie quarterback, Marcus Mariota.
Despite the fact the Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw a career-best five touchdown passes, the defense could not stay off the field at Nissan Stadium.
The Jaguars were in position to make a statement just two weeks ago with a 4-6 record and both San Diego and the Titans on the schedule.
Both times, Jacksonville squandered chances to win the games with self-inflicted wounds. This week, it was poor execution on defense, two missed extra points by Jason Myers and a failed two-point conversation.
The problems with the kicking game are self-explanatory. The defense, that’s another issue.