Just one week after offensive lineman Eben Britton re-entered the starting lineup for the Jaguars in the place of Mike Brewster due to a hand injury, the 2009 second round pick may be on his way back to the bench again in Week 15, despite the fact that Brewster was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Instead it could be Steve Vallos, a veteran lineman who hasn't started a game since 2009 and has spent most of the 2012 season being declared inactive by the Jaguars on game day. In fact, just seeing the field during Sunday's game would be a first for Vallos since joining the Jaguars roster in late October.
Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters on Wednesday that Vallos will take snaps at the left guard position during practice this week, although Britton is still the favorite to start against the Dolphins on Sunday.
In his return to the starting lineup in Week 14, Britton struggled with the Jets defensive line and was particularly abused by Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson. In the final year of his rookie contract, it seems that the likelihood of Britton being on the team in 2013 is very slim.
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Can't divulge practice details, but it's safe to say Jaguars are pretty much done with G Eben Britton— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) December 12, 2012