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Brackens not ready


The question throughout spring drills was: Would Tony Brackens be recovered in time for the start of training camp? The answer came this afternoon: No.

Brackens was placed on the "Active/Physically Unable to Perform" list this afternoon, as Jaguars players began reporting for the start of training camp. Brackens remains on the active roster, so the move isn't of much consequence now. The big decision would come in final cuts. If Brackens is still on the "PUP" list at that time, the Jaguars would have to keep Brackens on the active roster, move him to "injured reserve," cut him or place him on "Reserve/PUP."

In the latter scenario, Brackens would spend six weeks on "Reserve/PUP" before the Jaguars would have to make a decision to activate him, cut him or put him on "injured reserve." Being placed on "Active/PUP" is a prerequisite for being placed on "Reserve/PUP."

The veteran defensive end continues his attempted comeback from microfracture knee surgery last November. Of course, his availability for training camp was further clouded in mid-June when he underwent an appendectomy.

He did not participate in any of the spring drills. The hope was he would be ready for the start of training camp, and Brackens and the Jaguars negotiated a re-structured contract that lowered his salary cap hit from $8.2 million to just under $3.8 million.

Brackens received a $200,000 signing bonus for re-structuring. His salary was reduced from $5.5 million to $1.1 million. The dynamics of his impact on the Jaguars' salary cap will undoubtedly play a part in any final decisions about his future this season.

As of the three o'clock reporting deadline this afternoon, first-round draft choice Byron Leftwich was the only player not in attendance at Alltel Stadium. Leftwich remains unsigned, following lengthy negotiations between his agent, Tom Condon, and Jaguars lead negotiator Paul Vance.

The Jaguars' remaining eight draft choices are under contract and ready to begin practicing tomorrow morning. The most recent draft-class signing is that of third-round guard Vince Manuwai.

In another roster move, the Jaguars signed first-year safety Rick Sherrod, 6-2, 195, who had been with the Saints and Cowboys. He played collegiately at West Virginia, where he led the NCAA with 15.6 tackles per game as a senior.

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