Brandon Linder placed on season ending IR

Rookie A.J. Cann will fill void left by Linder


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jaguars can't catch a break on the injury front. Right guard Brandon Linder, widely regarded as their best offensive lineman, has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will be placed on the season ending injured reserve list.

Linder initially injured his shoulder in the week 2 win over Miami. He then played through the injury against New England before being ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Colts. Linder was limited at practice this past Wednesday but wasn't able to go the rest of the week.

"I knew the issues that he was dealing with, but he felt like he could play through it," said Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. "I think it was similar to Wisniewski. He had a shoulder injury and he played five, six games with it. I know they had a lot of conversation about it, but I just think with Linder, what he experienced in the game, it just felt like it was to a greater extent."

Similar to Linder, A.J. Cann was also taken in the third round of the NFL Draft. The rookie started in place of Linder on Sunday and will likely have the job going forward. In the loss to the Colts the Jaguars rushed for a season high 142 yards and only allowed one sack. 

"I thought A.J. did a nice job," said Bradly. "There were a few mistakes which are going to happen but overall the strength and his toughness that we thought he would bring he really showed."

Cann made it through his first NFL start without being called for penalty.

"There were some things I can get better at, but overall I think I did a decent job," said Cann to the Florida Times-Union. "I didn't have too many screw-ups mentally."