Jaguars lose LB Myles Jack for the remainder of the season

Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Myles Jack has been placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a knee injury.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that middle linebacker Myles Jack has been placed on season-ending injured reserve for a left knee injury. The move is just another blow to the team’s defense that has dealt with injuries the majority of this season.

Per ESPN.com, “Jack sat out last week’s game against Tampa Bay with the injury for the first time in his career and did not practice on Wednesday. He had appeared in 59 consecutive games since the Jaguars selected him in the second round in 2016.”

To fill his spot on the roster, the team has announced they have signed Joe Giles-Harris to the active roster.

Jack, who signed a four-year, $57,000,000 contract with the Jaguars, which included a $12,000,000 signing bonus and $33,063,787 in guaranteed money this offseason according to Spotrac, moved to middle linebacker in camp and is the only starter that returned from the team’s playoff run in 2017. Both Telvin Smith and Paul Posluszny have since retired.

Jack did not play last week at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time in his career. He was replaced by Donald Payne, who made his first start for the team. Payne figures to remain at the position the final four games of 2019. Jack is considered a natural outside linebacker, the position he played last season but moved inside with the sudden retirement of Smith and the changes made by the team to revamp the unit.

“I thought Donald went out last week and played well,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said Thursday via Jaguars.com. “We knew this was a possibility. We’re very excited about how Donald played last week. Hopefully, he can add to it this week.”

The front office drafted Quincy Williams to play outside linebacker to replace Smith. The unit has been a revolving door of sorts this season, with injuries to multiple players leading to a shuffled lineup almost week to week.

The linebacker position may be one the Jaguars once again look to enhance through the NFL Draft in 2020 or in free agency. The team signed Jake Ryan in free agency this past season, but he has yet to see the field. Ryan was cleared to play last week because of a knee injury that has kept him sidelined all season.

According to ESPN, “He has 66 tackles (just three for loss) and one interception. The Jaguars rank 28th in the NFL in rush defense (136.6 yards per game) and have given up 200-plus yards rushing a franchise-record four times this season.”

For his career, Jack has started 53 of the 59 games, and the past 45 in a row. He has 285 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, and one interception. He was a solid contributor for the team in its 2017 playoff run where he had 16 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one fumble recovery in three games.

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