Jaguars Place a Pair of Key Players on Injured Reserve

The Jacksonville Jaguars are still smarting from a humbling 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans, and they'll have a couple more bitter pills to swallow. The team announced Tuesday that it had officially placed offensive lineman Ben Bartch and linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson on injured reserve.

Chaisson's placement on IR follows an earlier report that he had suffered a meniscus injury in Week 5. The linebacker had been playing in a reserve role, notching 31 snaps on defense and 52 on special teams, totalling 3 tackles.

Bartch exited the Jaguars' game against the Texans in the first half with a knee injury that is expected to be season-ending. He had played every single offensive snap in the season before that, earning a middling 60.5 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. His departure coincided with the Jaguars' worst offensive performance of the season. Through Bartch's four healthy weeks, the Jaguars had averaged 26.25 points per game. They were held to 6 points against the previously winless Texans.

Chaisson joined the Jaguars as the 20th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has seen his snaps decline in each year since his rookie season, culminating in relegation to backup status this season.

The Jaguars selected Bartch with the 116th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he earned consistent starting snaps in 2021. He entered the 2022 season as the unquestioned starter at left guard. 

The Jaguars will have two weeks to shuffle their depth chart and find new lineups that suit them. They face the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 7 following a Week 6 bye.

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