Jags LG Andrew Norwell placed on injured reserve

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The Jacksonville Jaguars’ luck continued to dwindle in terms of health as another starter was placed on injured reserve. This time it was guard Andrew Norwell who had been dealing with a forearm injury that caused him to be ruled out early in the week for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Norwell suffered the injury last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and exited the game early. Veteran Tyler Shatley replaced him in the process and could be the one to do so Sunday, too. Rookie Ben Bartch also could get the nod in Norwell’s spot.

Norwell’s addition to IR is just one of many that occurred to a starter or notable player on the Jags’ roster over the past two weeks. Last week, they had to place rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson on IR, and this week, they had to place nickelback D.J. Hayden, defensive end Josh Allen, and safety Daniel Thomas on the list, too.

Norwell’s absence will be a huge one as he’s been the Jags’ second-best offensive lineman alongside Brandon Linder. He had a Pro Football Focus grade of 71.1 heading into Week 11’s game against the Steelers and an 85.6 pass-blocking grade. That especially could prove to be an issue in the passing game as the Jags will have a new quarterback under center in Mike Glennon.