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Jacksonville Jaguars Lose Chris Naeole for Remainder of Season

Auguste ArcherCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2008

Chris Naeole suffered a major setback last season after he suffered a a torn quadriceps tendon against New Orleans.

Naeole was originally thought to be finished in Jacksonville, but after a myriad of injuries to the offensive line, it was determined that he was needed to fill a void, and he was prepared to play against the Browns after finally making a full recovery.

In the pregame warmups, however, he somehow managed to fracture a bone in his hand, which has effectively ended his season.

That means that veteran Tutan Reyes will continue to start at right guard, while Uche Nwaneri will play at the left-guard position.

Overall, the Jaguars' offensive line has been patchwork at best this season, and it shows in the run game. Against the Browns last week, Taylor and Jones-Drew combined for just over 50 yards and no touchdowns.

The line has benefited from the return of starting center Brad Meester, who missed the first six games of the season with a torn bicep suffered in training camp.

Among the Jaguars' other losses along the offensive line are Vince Manuwai, Mo Williams, and Richard Collier. Manuwai and Williams both went down early in the season, and Collier was the victim of a shooting.

None are expected to play again this season, or, in Collier's case, ever.

The question facing the Jaguars is whether or not they can be the same physical team they were last season even without their dominant offensive line.

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