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Things went from bad to worse for Jacksonville on a fourth-and-goal attempt from the one trailing the Tennessee Titans by 12 in the fourth quarter. First, the team ran an outside handoff to Carlos Hyde, which was promptly stuffed for a loss and a turnover on downs.
But it wasn’t the most potentially damaging moment in that play, as center Brandon Linder, one of the best players at his position in the NFL, had to be carted off the field after suffering an apparent knee injury in the pile on that play.
INJURY UPDATE: OL Brandon Linder out (knee).
— JaguarsPR (@JaguarsPR) October 10, 2021
The broadcast angle wasn’t very clear, but it did appear that Linder’s leg was twisted while in the scrum. He was taken to the locker room, but no air cast was applied to his leg.
With Linder out, Tyler Shatley is in taking his place at center as the Jaguars trail the Titans 37-19 late in the fourth quarter. If Linder’s injury is a serious one, it would be a major loss for an offensive unit that seemed to finally hit its stride in the run game. The offensive line is already down one starter in A.J. Cann, who is currently on the injured reserve.