Jaguars nose tackle Roy Miller out for the rest of the season with Achilles injury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars starting nose tackle Roy Miller suffered an Achilles tear to his right leg against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday and is now done for the remainder of the season.

The team said he will be placed on injured reserve and undergo surgery later in the week.

Miller left the game in the third quarter and went immediately to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

The 29-year-old lineman has been with the Jaguars since 2013. In 50 games with the Jaguars, Miller has produced 104 total tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble. He has started every game he has played in Jacksonville. 

"Roy has a big impact on a lot of us," defensive end Jared Odrick said.

"You definitely feel some air leave your lungs when he's laid up on the field and needs to be assisted. Roy is the type of guy - he'll avoid assistance until he really needs it - any type of injury or ailment like that. Roy is one of those old school SOB's man and I know he's really appreciated here, not just for that, but for the type of person he is too."

Miller's impact will be felt throughout the locker room, especially with younger players.

"Basically, he's just showed us the way," defensive end Chris Smith said. 

"The one thing about Roy, he play through any type injury. When I saw that [on Sunday], I could see a look in his eyes like 'it was bad.' We're going to lose one of our leaders, one of our captains this year, the whole [defensive line] got to step up even higher and fill that big role of his."

With Miller out of the lineup, Abry Jones is likely the next man up.

Jones signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013. The Georgia alum has collected 73 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles during his time in Jacksonville. He has played in 45 games (two starts) for the Jaguars.

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