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The Jaguars Placed OG Brandon Linder On Injured Reserve

The Jaguars lost their best lineman, Brandon Linder for the season. They used his roster spot to sign a journeyman linebacker.

From NFL Media 

The Jacksonville Jaguars today announced the signing of fourth-year LB James-Michael Johnson to the club’s active roster. To make room on the roster, the club placed second-year right guard Brandon Linder on the team’s reserve/injured list.


Linder, who suffered a labral tear in his left shoulder during the week leading up to the Patriots game, will undergo surgery to repair the injury. Linder was the club’s third-round selection (93rd overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft and has started all 18 career games in which he’s played.


Johnson, 6-1, 240, has appeared in 43 career games and has spent time with Cleveland (2012), Kansas City (2013-14) and most recently Tampa Bay (2015). His career totals include 88 tackles (64 solo), 1.0 sack, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and 15 special teams tackles.


Johnson spent the 2012 season with Cleveland, appearing in 10 games as a rookie and posting 32 tackles. Johnson was waived by Cleveland prior to the start of the 2013 season and claimed by Kansas City. Johnson spent two seasons with Kansas City and appeared in all 16 games both seasons. Johnson spent the 2015 offseason and preseason with Kansas City and was waived during final cuts.


After being claimed by the Buccaneers, Johnson saw action in Week 1 for Tampa Bay, but was waived/injured on Sept. 15. Johnson became a free agent after reaching an injury settlement with the club on Sept. 22.


Johnson was originally a fourth round selection (120th overall) by Cleveland in the 2012 NFL Draft and played collegiately at Nevada. During his 54-game career (50 starts) at Nevada, Johnson totaled 299 tackles, 8.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, three INTs and three fumble recoveries. Johnson, a native of Vallejo, Calif., attended Rodriguez High School in Fairfield and set the school record for career sacks, while also appearing for the school’s basketball and baseball teams.

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