Jaguars OL Eben Britton placed on IR

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Eben Britton #73 of the Jacksonville Jaguars prepares to block Chris Kelsay #90 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Jaguars announced via Twitter today that offensive lineman Eben Britton will be placed on injured reserve with a back injury.

Britton sustained a back injury during training camp and had a minor surgery to repair it. He eventually returned to the lineup in time to contribute in week two against the Jets and start in week three against the Panthers. However, he reaggravated the injury and was a surprise inactive against the Steelers.

During the course of the season, Britton played at both his usual right tackle spot and saw his first time at the left guard position. Whether or not he will return to the Jaguars next year as a left guard or a right tackle has not been determined at this point and likely wont be until training camp of 2012.

Britton has been replaced in the lineup in the games he was inactive by Guy Whimper and Cameron Bradfield and that will likely remain the case in coming weeks. Jack Del Rio said in his press conference today that he doesn't believe Britton's back will require a second surgery to repair.

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