Jaguars lose Luke Joeckel for the year

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The Jags traded left tackle Eugene Monroe because they had Luke Joeckel.

Key word:  Had.

Joeckel has been lost for the season with a fractured ankle, the team has announced.  The injury to the second overall pick in the 2013 draft came during Sunday’s 34-20 loss to the Rams.

With Bryant McKinnie now on the trade block in Baltimore given the arrival of Monroe, maybe the Jags could trade for him.  Or maybe the Jags will make do with what they have and save their draft picks for 2014.

The situation gets no better next week, when the Jags head to Denver for a showdown with the Broncos that already has generated the highest betting line in NFL history.