The Jacksonville Jaguars initially listed star middle linebacker Paul Posluszny as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Arizona Cardinals with a concussion that he suffered in last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans. Posluszny was expected to be a game-time decision for this week’s game against the Cardinals, but the Jaguars have already made a decision and it isn’t a good one.
According to the Florida Times-Union’s Ryan O’Halloran, the Jaguars have downgraded Paul Posluszny from “questionable” to “out”, because he still hasn’t been cleared by team doctors. Pos hasn’t passed through the league’s mandatory concussion protocol, and it’s a tough blow for the Jags defense. Even though Posluszny hasn’t been himself lately and is having a rough season, he’s still a good player in this league overall and means plenty to this Jaguars defense.
O’Halloran writes that the Jaguars will replace Posluszny by kicking Russell Allen inside, which means that John Lotulelei will likely make his debut and start at OLB in order to complete the Jaguars shuffle at linebacker. It’s hardly an ideal situation going up against a receiving running back as good as Andre Ellington and even tight end Rob Housler, who caught his first career touchdown pass last week and could be on the verge of the breakout that we’ve been expecting for at least a year now.
Posluszny did not practice at all this week, but the fact that the Jaguars initially ruled him as questionable shows that they were optimistic that the symptoms would subside on the weekend.