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Monday, October 20, 2014

Jaguars Injury Update: Paul Poslusnzny out for season with torn pectoral muscle, Branch out with groin tear

By on 10/20/2014 09:00:00 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Cleveland Browns big on Sunday; winning by a score of 24-6. Blake Bortles struggled mightily with three interceptions, but was aided by a stellar running game and a dominant defensive effort. Unfortunately, the win that halted a nine game slide, came with a steep price.

Paul Posluszny, the Jaguars star middle linebacker, came to the team from the Buffalo Bills back in the 2010 offseason, and has led them in tackles every year since. He is the undisputed leader of the defense, the NFL’s most prolific tackler, and coming off his first pro bowl. During Sunday’s victory Posluszny’s strength and skill were on full display as he recovered a fumble, recorded a sack, and played into the fourth quarter, even after suffering a torn pectoral in the third.

The injury may have landed the mighty linebacker on the injured reserve, but his efforts helped land the Jaguars in the win column for the first time since December 15, 2013. Poz’s season ended with 69 tackles, third in the NFL, and two sacks.

Defensive end, Andre Branch, also went down with an injury in the late stages of Sunday’s game, suffering an apparent groin tear. Branch is anticipating up to six weeks on the sidelines, and hopes to be available when the team takes on the Baltimore Ravens in week 13. He has three sacks on the year and is another veteran presence that will be missed.

The Jaguars are unlikely to make the playoffs after starting 0-6, but with the win, the team’s morale is at an all-time high. Very talented, but extremely young, the losses on defense hurt; but the future has never been brighter in Jacksonville.

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