The Jaguars starting center, and most consistent offensive lineman, Brandon Linder has been ruled out for the Jaguars week six matchup with the Rams. It'll be his second straight game being held out of the lineup. While the extent of his illness is unknown, it must be something pretty darn bad to hold the Jaguars best offensive lineman out of a matchup where he would be facing one of the best defensive lineman in football Aaron Donald.
Linder has missed time in every season since he was drafted by the Jaguars in 2014. His health concerns are real and if the Jaguars can't rely on him to be healthy enough to play week in and week out, he may not get the long term contract extension that he likely deserves. After the Jaguars contest this weekend Linder will have missed 18 of a possible 54 starts since 2014.
In his absence Tyler Shatley will start at center. Shatley started four games last year and also started last week against the Steelers. Against a good, not great, Steelers defensive line Shatley held his own. He didn't have any issues with getting lined up in a timely fashion or with the center to quarterback exchange. He'll face the toughest test of his career this week trying to slow down Aaron Donald.
This is a major blow for a Jaguars offense that's predicated on keeping up with the chains. Donald can wreck a game and will be salivating at the chance to get to Blake Bortles.
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