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Jacksonville Jaguars Place Ben Bartch, K’Lavon Chaisson on IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed starting left guard Ben Bartch and outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon, creating holes along their depth chart.

The Jaguars have been able to avoid placing players on injured reserve for all of 2022 without Jordan Smith so far, but Bartch and Chaisson have changed that. Chaisson played three snaps on Sunday before leaving with a knee injury, which came a week after he missed Week 4 with an ankle injury.

As for Bartch, who started each of the Jaguars’ first five games at left guard, there didn’t seem to be much optimism from Doug Pederson about a quick recovery. Bartch left Sunday’s game in the first half with a knee injury, which led to veteran guard/center Tyler Shatley taking over at left guard.

“He’s having more tests today and should have something probably later today or maybe Wednesday or tomorrow. We’re doing more tests,” Pederson said Monday.

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With Bartch on the injured reserve list, the Jaguars will have to change an interior offensive line that has been up and down to start 2022. Shatley allowed two pressures in just over half a game on Sunday, but he has 33 career starts of experience after splitting his time between guard and center in the first eight years of his career.

Chaisson, the No. 20 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has played in four games this season, playing 13% defensive snaps and recording three tackles.