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Jaguars lose crucial member of their offensive line leading up to Steelers game

Just as the Jags get Leonard Fournette back in the lineup, their offensive line takes a huge hit.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are reeling, that might be putting it mildly. After their Week 10 loss to division rival Colts, plummeting their record to 3-6 on the season, the Jaguars lost more than just the game.

As reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars will be without center Brandon Linder for at least the Week 11 game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers after suffering a knee injury.

The loss of Linder couldn’t come at a worse time for Jacksonville, especially as the team finally got their prized running back Leonard Fournette back in the lineup after missing the first half of the season with a hamstring injury.

Linder, who was given a monster five-year, $51.7 million extension in 2017, is considered one of the game’s premiere centers, and the likes of Stephon Tuitt, Cameron Heyward and Javon Hargrave will now have to deal with a backup rather than Linder.

The Steelers won’t be looking for any favors, nor will they need any extra motivation when facing the Jaguars this Sunday. The film from 2017 as the Jaguars went into Heinz Field and didn’t just beat the Steelers twice, but embarrassed them in the process, won’t be quickly forgotten for the boys in black-and-gold.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the injuries, and more, leading up to the big Week 11 showdown between these two AFC foes.