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NFL notebook: Jaguars lose rookie top pick Luke Joeckel for season

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Jacksonville rookie offensive tackle Luke Joeckel will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right ankle.

Joeckel was injured in the first quarter of a 34-20 loss to the Rams on Sunday. He was taken off the field on a cart.

Joeckel got his leg rolled up by Rams defensive tackle Kendall Langford at the end of a 1-yard carry by Maurice Jones-Drew. He was selected by the Jaguars with the second pick in this year’s draft.

“I saw it happen and it’s unfortunate,” said quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who also left the game with an injury. “It wasn’t pretty.”

Jones-Drew said he was to blame.

“It’s tough when you were the guy that probably hurt him, too, which was me,” Jones-Drew said. “You never want to run up anyone’s back like that. He was doing so well. He was coming along.”

Earlier this week, Jacksonville traded veteran left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for multiple draft picks.

“You know what? Luke’s a good player, but guys will step up,” coach Gus Bradley said.

Gabbert strained his left hamstring in the third quarter. Playing in his hometown, he was 9-of-19 for 181 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions before leaving.

Jaguars tight end Allen Reisner left the game in the third quarter with a knee sprain.

Cameron Bradfield, who replaced Joeckel, has 14 career starts in three seasons since making the team as an undrafted rookie. He started 12 games last year.

“It’s very devastating for him and for us as a team,” receiver Justin Blackmon said. “That just gives somebody else the opportunity to come in, make plays and give them a chance to put something on film.”

Bills sign veteran Moorman

The Buffalo Bills brought back veteran punter Brian Moorman.

The 37-year-old Moorman spent his first 12 seasons in Buffalo, setting franchise records for gross punting average (43.8 yards), total punts (862) and punts inside the 20 (243).

Buffalo cut Moorman after its third game last year. He spent the rest of the season with the Dallas Cowboys and went to training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being released last month.

Moorman replaces second-year punter Shawn Powell, who was cut after a poor performance in Thursday night’s 37-24 loss at Cleveland. Coach Doug Marrone cited a lack of hang time.

Powell averaged 23.1 net yards and failed to land one inside the Browns’ 20. He also struggled angling punts away from Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin, who returned seven punts for a franchise-record 179 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown.

Packers’ Matthews injured

Star linebacker Clay Matthews left the Packers’ 22-9 win over Detroit after the third quarter with a thumb injury.

Matthews sacked Matthew Stafford on the last play of the quarter on a third-and-9 at the 34 to push the Lions out of field-goal range. He jogged to the locker room with a trainer and did not return.

Matthews was coming back from a hamstring injury that knocked him out of a loss to the Bengals two weeks ago. His recovery was aided by a bye.

49ers’ Willis out again

All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis sat out again for Sunday night’s game against the Houston Texans because of a strained groin.

Willis also missed the NFC champion Niners’ 35-11 win at St. Louis on Sept. 26 after getting hurt the previous week against the Colts.

Willis, who practiced in a limited role during the week, worked out on the field at Candlestick Park on an unseasonably warm October afternoon, then met with the training and strength staff in the end zone shortly before inactives were announced.


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