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Marcell Dareus could miss 4-6 weeks if surgery is needed

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NFL: Preseason-Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been hit with the injury bug lately, but one of the areas that has avoided some injuries has been the defensive line, with the exception of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus who has had a couple of issues. Dareus’ most recent issue could sideline him for a good chunk of the season, though.

Dareus will be meeting with a specialist to determine if he needs surgery to fix his core muscle injury, which sounds like it could be a hernia possibly? Some players have played through them, but often getting it fixed is the best course of action.

Dareus has been on and off the field this season with a few injuries, but has been a big cog in helping stop the run. If he’s out for multiple games, that means that second-year defensive tackle Taven Bryan and rookie Dontavius Russell are going to get a lot more playing time and will have a hole to fill.