Burroughs High graduate Eben Britton, right, is looking to stay healthy for a full season with the Jacksonville Jaguars this year.

Burroughs High graduate Eben Britton, right, is looking to stay healthy for a full season with the Jacksonville Jaguars this year. (Courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars/Harry Scull / August 18, 2012)

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Former Burroughs High standout and current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Eben Britton has remained healthy and is looking like his old self during the preseason.

Britton has played in both of Jacksonville's preseason games, a 32-31 win over the New York Giants Aug. 10 and Friday in a 27-24 win over the New Orleans Saints.

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 Eugene Monroe suffered a concussion earlier in the week and didn't play Friday night at New Orleans.

With starting left guard Will Rackley (ankle), backup guard Jason Spitz (foot) and backup center John Estes (knee) all out, the Jaguars shuffled Britton to left guard, inserting Cameron Bradfield at right tackle.

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 Daniel Baldridge, rookie center Mike Brewster or rookie D.J. Hall, to left guard. Or the coach could leave Britton at left guard, put Bradfield at left tackle and play Guy Whimper at right tackle.

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.