Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder (65) is assisted to a cart after he was injured during a fourth quarter play. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, October 10, 2021.  The Jaguars trailed at the half 24 to 13 and lost with a final score of 37-19. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars put OL Brandon Linder (knee) on IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars put starting center Brandon Linder on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury.

Linder, 29, was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Linder got piled on in the aftermath of a fourth-and-goal run by Jags running back Carlos Hyde, which resulted in a 3-yard loss. Linder was clutching his right leg as the pile cleared.

Linder had played every snap of the season to that point. He has started all 84 games he has played for the Jags since being taken in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The team signed offensive lineman Rashaad Coward in a corresponding move. Coward, 26, spent the first four weeks of the season in Pittsburgh without appearing in a game. He previously played in 30 games (15 starts) in three seasons with the Chicago Bears.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (31) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers sign RB Kalen Ballage to one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back Kalen Ballage and offensive lineman Rashaad Coward to one-year deals on Tuesday.

Ballage, 25, split last season with the New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers after playing his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

The 2018 fourth-round pick has rushed 201 times for 629 yards and seven touchdowns and added 52 receptions for 285 yards in 35 career games (eight starts).

Coward, 26, appeared in 30 games (15 starts) with the Chicago Bears since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He started 11 games at right guard, three at left guard and one at right tackle.

–Field Level Media