The Indianapolis Colts have issues at the inside linebacker position heading into Sunday's game against the Jaguars, as Jerrell Freeman has been ruled out and D'Qwell Jackson is questionable. It turns out the Colts aren't the only team in that game to have issues on the interior of their defense, as the Jaguars ruled out middle linebacker Paul Posluszny for the game.
Posluszny this year has racked up 104 tackles, second on the team behind only Telvin Smith, and has recorded 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, six passes defensed, and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. He had played in all but one game up to this point, but on Sunday against the Titans he fractured his right hand. The injury required him to have surgery on Wednesday and miss practice on Thursday and Friday. According to ESPN's Mike DiRocco, the Jaguars spent this week trying to figure out a way for their starting middle linebacker to play, but ultimately he will miss this Sunday's game as the team hopes he will be back for the following week.
In his nine-year NFL career (four with the Bills, five with the Jaguars), Posluszny has recorded 991 tackles, 12 sacks, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 44 passes defensed, and 13 interceptions. This year marks the seventh season in which he has recorded at least 100 tackles, and he has given Jacksonville a solid contributor in the middle of their defense. On Sunday, the team will have to replace him and make up for the loss - just like the Colts will be doing with their inside linebacker position as well.