Luke Joeckel sustained a serious leg injury during the Jaguars win over the Colts on Sunday. The Jaguars announced earlier this afternoon that the knee injury will require surgery and they will be forced to place the embattled left guard on Injured Reserve.
Now, there are several things to keep in mind here.
1. Most Jaguars fans hate Joeckel. While no one routes for injuries (i hope), most fans will be happy to see someone else starting at left guard for the Jaguars.
2. Most Jaguars fans aren't all that rationale. Joeckel was playing pretty well at the left guard spot and will be missed.
3. Joeckel will need surgery on his knee, but he could return before the end of the season. The Jaguars will be able to choose one player to designate as eligible to return from IR. So, while it is possible that Joeckel won't play again in 2016, it's also possible that he will.
4. If Joeckel doesn't return from the IR this season, then he may have played his last game as a Jaguar. Earlier this offseason the Jaguars declined to pick up Luke Joeckel's fifth year option, which means he will be a free agent at the end of 2016.
5. Following the injury Patrick Omameh played well filling in for Joeckel at the guard spot, but he might not be the starter moving forward. Chris Reed is a young guard who the Jaguars are really high on and Tyler Shatley is a young center that could make the switch to guard. Stay tuned to see who gets to start moving forward.
This certainly doesn't help the Jaguars chances of becoming a great or even serviceable rushing attack in the short term, but it could end up being a positive for the Jaguars if Reed is able to win the job and find success.
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