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Report: Jacksonville Jaguars Tackle Eben Britton Had Minor Back Surgery

August 17th, 2011 at 5:14 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

The mysterious case of starting right tackle Eben Britton's absence from training camp seems to be solved.

Britton, according to Tania Ganguli of  the Florida Times-Union, had minor back surgery but won't miss any regular season games because of the procedure. 

Per the Times-Union:

"Britton attended practice on August 8 but did not participate with soreness in his back due to a disc problem. He has not been seen at practice since and did not travel to New England with the team for the Jaguars first preseason game."
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to rely heavily on Britton (6-6, 310) this season, as he's now entering his third year in the NFL and big things are expected of him. The product from Arizona was drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has largely been a disappointment thus far. 
He missed a majority of last season after tearing his labrum against the Kansas City Chiefs but did not seem to be progressing prior to the injury.
Jacksonville is already short on offensive line depth due to backup tackle Kevin Haslam's season-ending knee injury.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN suggested that the Jaguars sign veteran starter Jon Stinchcomb,  who was recently cut by the New Orleans Saints, as an insurance policy and that may not be such a bad idea. The Jaguars' offensive line looks pedestrian right now and needs Britton to bounce back quickly.
Tags: Eben Britton, injury, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kevin Haslam, NFL, NFL Draft

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