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Jaguars LT Luke Joeckel cleared and may play the Bengals

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Former first round draft pick Luke Joeckel suffered a concussion last week against the Miami Dolphins. He's been cleared for non-contact drills and may play the Bengals this Sunday.

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Luke Joeckel, a first-round pick during the '13 NFL draft, started five games last season before fracturing his right ankle on Oct. 9 against the Rams in St. Louis. Pro Football Focus graded his rookie season with -7.7 overall score, which broke down into a -4.8 run block score and -2.5 in pass protection (allowed three sacks and 12 pressures).

This year hasn't been any kinder for Joeckel, his PFF score has dipped to -9.2 (second to quarterback Blake Bortles as worst on the team). Pass protection, with two sacks and 20 pressures (as well as -6.0 pass protection score via PFF), has been an issue. However, to be fair, he's been improving.

Then last week, against the Miami Dolphins, Joeckel suffered a first quarter concussion and was forced to miss the rest of Sunday's game.

He has since passed concussion protocols (quicker than expected), and after sitting during Wednesday's practice, was cleared for non-contact drills.

"It’s good," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said via the Florida Times-Union. "He has another couple of things he has to go through, but at least, this late in the week, to have him have a chance to play on Sunday is great."

If Joeckel is unable to play, Bradley said that rookie free agent Josh Well (out of James Madison), who surrendered a sack against Miami, would start.