The Jacksonville Jaguars placed guard Ben Bartch on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Saturday.
Bartch, who turned 25 on Saturday, suffered a season-ending knee injury in October of the 2022 season. While on the PUP list, Bartch may participate in team meetings and use the new facilities at Miller Electric Center, but cannot practice with the team until he’s moved to the active roster.
The 2020 fourth-round pick started 11 games in his second NFL season and won the starting left guard job last year in training camp. After going down in Week 5, Bartch was replaced by veteran Tyler Shatley.
With Bartch still working to return from the injury, Shatley would appear to have the inside track to continue to fill the left guard spot into the 2023 season.
Bartch is entering the final season of his rookie contract and is due to become a free agent during the 2024 offseason. Following the move to place Bartch on the PUP list, the Jaguars have an open roster spot.