JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When the Jaguars face the Colts on Sunday they’ll do so without middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. He had surgery on his right hand earlier this week after breaking it during last week’s loss to Tennessee. The Jaguars have no plans to place Posluszny on season ending IR and there’s a chance he could return as early as next week’s game against Atlanta.
“Hopefully everything goes good with the part that they were concerned about so next week he can come back,” said coach Gus Bradley.
Second-year pro Jordan Tripp will take Posluszny’s place in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Colts.
“He’s very sharp,” said Bradley when asked what he expected out Tripp. “I’m not so sure he couldn’t play all three positions, at least line up and play and execute the assignments. I think the big challenge for him is now when you’re in the game what happens when the bullets are flying? As far as lining people up, taking charge of the huddle and knowing where to be, very good.”
This will be the second game of the season that Posluszny has missed. Overall the Jaguars defense has dealt with several injuries along the front seven.
“You would hope that when you have injuries your depth picks up, they step up and have the opportunity,” said Bradley. “Then when they come back your depth is improved that you start finding guys that have roles and can play. I think that’s how we look at it. It gives guys the opportunities and improves your depth.”