Jacksonville Jaguars rule out Paul Posluszny due to concussion

Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) during the first half at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t has a lot of positives this year on any part of their team other than the fact they look like the favorite to earn the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. One bright spot on the defense has been middle linebacker Paul Poslusney. He is the team’s best defensive player and responsible for three of the defense’s 12 turnovers. He has a team-high 88 tackles, two interceptions, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

But according to  Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union, he’ll miss Sunday’s game after not being able to practice this week due to the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered:

Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny has been downgraded from questionable to out for Sunday’s game against Arizona.

Posluszny sustained a concussion late in last week’s win at Tennessee when he collided with teammate Andre Branch and did not practice on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

It will be the first game Posluszny has missed since joining the Jaguars in 2011, a span of 41 games.

Russell Allen will slide in from  his outside linebacker spot to start for Posluszny, John Lotulelei could get this first NFL start in Allen’s usual position and newcomer Nate Stupar will be active as a reserve.


Head coach Gus Bradley said middle linebacker Paul Posluszny suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ 29-27 victory over Tennessee. In addition to Posluszny, guard Will Rackley and receiver Stephen Burton also are in the concussion program. Rackley suffered his concussion against the San Francisco 49ers and did not play against the Tennessee Titans. Mike Brewster started in Rackley’s place against the Titans.