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Former Burroughs High standout and current
Britton has played in both of Jacksonville's preseason games, a 32-31 win over the
Britton is coming off two consecutive years in which his season was cut short because of injuries. In 2010, he suffered a shoulder injury in the eighth game against Kansas City after starting the team's first seven games at right tackle. Two days later, he was placed on injured reserve and did not return to the lineup.
Last year, a back injury restricted Britton to only four games and three starts. Two of the starts came at left guard and one at right tackle. He was inactive for five games and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. The offensive line was expected to be one of Jacksonville's strong points this season. It helped pave the way forMaurice Jones-Drewto lead the NFL in rushing last season.
All five starters returned, including Britton, who was expected to start at right tackle after playing in just 11 games the last two seasons.
However, left tackle
With starting left guard
In the wake of the team's injuries, first-year Coach Mike Mularkey hinted he could move Britton back to right tackle, put Bradfield at left tackle and elevate
Jacksonville drafted Monroe and Eben Britton with their first two picks in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Mularkey said it's nice to have Britton back and healthy.
'"It's good to have him back in the huddle. He's a tough guy. There's no question that he loves football," Mularkey told the Associated Press. "He lightens up physical parts of practice.
''For most guys in training camp, this is a grind. He either is really happy ... or he is a really good actor.'"
Britton told the Associated Press: "I love the game, I love the violence in the game. I love the passion and I love these guys in this locker room. There's nothing better than this game. Football has been the best thing I've been able to do with my life.
''After a couple of hard years with injuries, I'm just so thankful to be able to be back out there."
The Jaguars will compete in their third of four preseason games Thursday at the Baltimore Ravens.
IN GIANTS WIN
Ramses Barden seems to be getting lost in the hunt for the New York Giants' third wide receiver position. The Flintridge Prep graduate was considered a contender for the spot coming into training camp after
Barden had two passes thrown his way from quarterback
Three other wide receivers on the bubble of making the Giants (1-1) roster — David Douglas (one catch for 23 yards),
New York Giants Coach
"It's time. It's time. It was time last year. It's time," Tom Coughlin told the Star-Ledger last week about Barden, who had a 14-yard grab in the Giants preseason opener. "The guy is going to make a mark in the league. He's smart, he's been around long enough. He's been in the heat of it. He's made plays; he just needs to make them more consistently.
"That's all I hope, this is his time."
The Giants will host the
INJURIES PILE UP
Another preseason game brought down two more
The Bengals, who hired offensive specialist and former Glendale Community College quarterback
The victory improves Cincinnati's record to 2-0, but it's paid for each win, as injuries have become a bit of a theme for the Bengals.
Two more Bengals — tight end
Three other Bengals — pass rusher
While Gresham, Burfict, Green-Ellis, Scott and Maualuga should be fine, the Bengals will be without Dunlap for a month and Wharton, who was slated to start at left guard, the whole year after NFL.com reported his knee injury requires season-ending surgery on Tuesday.
Cincinnati will take the field again Thursday at 4 p.m. when the
INJURY TO STAR