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Brandon Linder ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. Titans

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out starting center Brandon Linder (ankle) for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

The news isn’t necessarily surprising, as Linder was forced out of last week’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings and was unable to practice throughout the week. However, it is still a big loss for Jacksonville, as Linder has played well this season with an overall grade of 80.7 from Pro Football Focus.

This makes the fourth game Linder will miss this season. He was also unavailable in Week Three against the Miami Dolphins, Week Four against the Cincinnati Bengals and Week 10 against the Green Bay Packers.

Tyler Shatley will likely get the nod at center in Linder’s place. This marks the seventh time Shatley will start somewhere along the offensive line in 2020. Shatley has earned on overall grade of 69.2 from Pro Football Focus.

The Jaguars will also be without left guard Andrew Norwell, who is on the injured reserve list with an arm injury. With Shatley likely to move back to center, it would make sense for rookie Ben Bartch to draw his first career start at left guard.

The Jaguars also listed four players as questionable for this weekend’s game at TIAA Bank Field — cornerbacks Greg Mabin and Sidney Jones, linebacker Kamalei Correa and tight end Tyler Eifert.