Jaguars place left guard Luke Joeckel on injured reserve, replacement yet to be decided

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jaguars' first win of the season may also be former first round pick Luke Joeckel's last game with the team.

Joeckel is set to undergo knee surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, the team announced on Tuesday.

The former second overall pick injured his knee against the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley Stadium. Joeckel went down in the second quarter during a Jacksonville scoring drive. He needed to be helped off the field by the training staff and received cheers from the crowd as he made his way back to the locker room.

Joeckel started in all four games this season. He spent the first two weeks at left guard but moved to left tackle in Week 3. After left tackle Kelvin Beachum recovered from a concussion, Joeckel moved back to left guard for the London matchup with the Colts.

Head coach Gus Bradley said the staff still had to figure out the left guard position during the bye week. Despite being placed on injured reserve, the team did not rule out a return for Joeckel this season.

The Jaguars have three players capable of playing left guard in depth roles. Patrick Omameh was a starting guard for the Chicago Bears and Tampa Buccaneers prior to signing with the Jaguars and was Joeckel's immediate replacement on Sunday.

First-year player Chris Reed started at left guard against the Baltimore Ravens but was inactive against the Colts. Backup center Tyler Shatley also played left guard during the offseason.

Joeckel is set to become a free agent this offseason after the Jaguars decided to pass on picking up his fifth-year option.

This season could be - in theory - be Joeckel's last in Jacksonville.

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