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Cordova lost for season

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Coach Jack Del Rio told reporters today that third-round draft choice Jorge Cordova has been lost for the season to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Cordova suffered the torn ACL in Wednesday's afternoon practice.

"We received some bad news this morning on the tests that were run on Jorge Cordova's knee. He suffered a season-ending ACL disruption, so they'll have to go in and repair that. So, he'll be placed on injured reserve. The thing I encouraged him to do, it's hard to do, but he has to try to keep his spirits up and just focus on working hard, getting in shape and working toward next year, and that's all he can do right now at this point. It's unfortunate to lose him like that," Del Rio said.

Cordova was expected to help the Jaguars as a pass-rush specialist this season. He had impressed Del Rio and defensive coordinator Mike Smith in the first week of training camp, before sustaining a strained quad muscle that sidelined him until the start of this week.

The Jaguars conducted a short practice this morning. They will host the Tampa Bay Bucs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the preseason home opener.

"We're ready to get in front of our fans tomorrow night. I know the guys we had here last year are excited to get back out in front of our people and I think the new guys are excited for another opportunity. We'll want to play our guys. We'll play them into the second quarter a little bit longer than last week," Del Rio said of his starters, "and then we'll try to evaluate the best we can throughout the second half of the game the remainder of our roster.

"There are a lot of good position battles. I think it's an exciting time. I know to come in and watch guys who are competing for a spot, competing for an opportunity to represent the Jaguars, put on our uniform; I think that's a special time. I think it's an exciting time for those young men. We're looking forward to them going out there and taking advantage of the opportunity," Del Rio added.

Tight end George Wrighster (sprained foot), running backs LaBrandon Toefield, Joe Smith and David Allen, all of whom are nursing badly-sprained ankles, and offensive lineman Mike Compton (broken thumb) will not play.

Defensive end Tony Brackens will also not be in uniform. Brackens missed his second consecutive full week of practice, and second preseason game, due to a torn calf muscle.

"I will visit with (trainer Mike Ryan) at some point this weekend," Del Rio said of re-evaluating Brackens' injury and his rehab from it. "We'll definitely take a look at where that's at and where that's likely to go and all that, but at this point I don't have anything else to say that hasn't already been said a couple times."

Cordova's injury, of course, shines a brighter light on Brackens' status. The performance of young defensive ends Brandon Green and Bobby McCray in the preseason will go a long way toward the Jaguars' final decision on Brackens.

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