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Mike Brewster Injury Will Test Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Line Depth

Jacksonville Jaguars Mike Brewster

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Things got worse on Tuesday for a Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line that has not played well at all this season.

The Jaguars announced that they placed starting left guard Mike Brewster on the injured reserve list with a broken left hand he suffered during Dec. 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Brewster was an undrafted rookie from Ohio State who started seven games this season after beating out veteran Eben Britton for the job. Without Brewster in the lineup this past Sunday against the New York Jets, Britton struggled tremendously surrendering a sack, a hit and four hurries.

Britton, who was drafted in the second-round of the 2009 NFL Draft to play right tackle, has now been beaten out by two undrafted rookies at different positions this season. He first lost the right tackle job to Cameron Bradfield, who has shown some promise this season, before losing the left guard spot to Brewster.

With the aging veteran Brad Meester at center and now Britton slated to fill in at left guard for the remaining of the season, the interior of the Jaguars offensive line could be a huge liability as we saw on Sunday.

Moving forward to next year, the Jaguars may choose to slide Brewster over to center, which is the position he played in college, and plug in Will Rackley at left guard coming off of a season lost due to injury.

If Britton wants to remain on the Jaguars roster in the future as a player who could backup at several offensive line positions, he will need to play significantly better in the final three games of this season.

The Jaguars signed running back Keith Toston to the active roster to fill Brewster’s spot after they left Sunday’s game with even more injuries at that position.