As their situation at left guard became murkier in recent weeks, some thought was given to the possibility of the Jacksonville Jaguars starting Luke Bowanko at center and moving center Brandon Linder one spot to his left.
That won’t happen now. The part about starting Bowanko at center won’t anyway, not after the Jaguars on Saturday traded the oft-injured Bowanko to the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft choice.
The move comes as the Jaguars continue to wrestle with a situation at left guard, where Bowanko was among three players to get a start during the preseason. Incumbent starter Patrick Omameh and Earl Watford were the others.
Who stood out as the best option, though, remains unclear as coach Doug Marrone has yet to name a starter for the Jaguars Week 1 AFC South battle with the Houston Texans.
Bowanko, a sixth-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2014, leaves Jacksonville as he was about to enter into the final year of his rookie contract.
His rookie season, one in which he started 14 games at center was easily his best and he has been beset by injuries the last two years, playing in only nine games over that span, including just two year because of a hip injury.
The trade of Bowanko was arguably the most notable move the Jaguars made in reducing their roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.
The Jaguars got a head start on the project on Friday by moving 15 players, off the roster, including tight end Mychal Rivera and rookie fullback prospect Marquez Williams.
Rivera, who missed all of the preseason after leaving the Raiders and signing with the Jaguars in free agency was placed on injured reserve along with sixth-year safety Jeron Johnson.
Williams, a 2017 seventh-round draft pick, was waived-injured, which means he could return to the team later in the season if he clears waivers, which is likely considering his injury status.
In other roster moves, the Jaguars waived-injured cornerback Doran Grant, safety Jarrod Harper and wide receiver Shane Wynn. All three will revert back to injured reserve if they clear waivers tomorrow.
The Jaguars also placed third-year wide receiver Rashad Greene Sr. on injured reserve, ending his season as he was not designated for a return.
Others let go by the Jaguars on Saturday were:
DE Malliciah Goodman
LB Andrew Gachkar
LB Josh McNary
RB Tim Cook
DE Hunter Dimick
CB Brian Dixon
TE Alex Ellis
TE David Grinnage
WR Amba Etta-Tawo
OL Avery Gennesy
RB DuJuan Harris
DT Kevin Maurice
DB Tracy Howard
CB Standly Jean-Baptiste
OL Nila Kasitati
DT Kevin Maurice
DE Carroll Phillips
OL Chris Reed
DE Jonathan Woodard