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Del Rio denies trade talk


(June 7)—Jack Del Rio denied reports the Jaguars are pursuing a trade for Seattle running back Shaun Alexander, and maintained the position that Fred Taylor's rehab from offseason knee surgery is on-schedule and without setback.

"No, we like the group we have," Del Rio said when asked if he was interested in trading for Alexander or Buffalo running back Travis Henry. "At this point in the offseason, guys are looking for stories and throw that out there and see what sticks on the wall. We have nothing on the burner right now. We'll let you know if there's anything going on," Del Rio said.

"Fred and Mike Pearson are doing a good job with their rehab. We're not going to force that issue. We could but why?" Del Rio said when asked if Taylor and Pearson would participate in any of the remaining OTA (organized team activity) practices.

The Jaguars head coach made his remarks following Tuesday's passing-camp practice at Alltel Stadium. On the warmest day of the spring, the Jaguars began their final push to training camp and first-round draft choice Matt Jones was a full participant.

"Matt Jones is back and practicing. I don't think he's at a hundred percent speed right now," Del Rio said.

Jones, the 21st pick of this year's draft, sustained a hamstring injury in the second practice of the post-draft mini-camp and had been limited in the final four mini-camp practices and the first six OTA workouts.

The Jaguars will practice on Wednesday and Thursday, then three times next week and twice the following week. With the June 22 workout, the team will conclude spring drills and turn its attention to the start of training camp on July 29.

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