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The Jacksonville Jaguars today placed linebacker James Hamilton on injured reserve because of a knee injury that he suffered in last Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. He has been replaced on the roster by rookie linebacker Reggie Lowe, who had been on the team's practice squad for the last eight weeks.

Hamilton is a second-year player who saw action in seven games. He made five tackles on defense and seven on special teams. He had missed the first four games this season with a fractured fibula he suffered in the preseason. As a rookie third-round draft choice in 1997, Hamilton appeared in nine games, getting his first NFL sack in the regular-season finale at Oakland.

Lowe, 23, was signed to the practice squad on October 1 after spending time with both Seattle and Baltimore earlier in the year. An undrafted rookie out of Troy State, he was with the Seahawks in the preseason until being waived in the final cuts on August 30. He was signed to the Ravens' practice squad on September 2 and was waived on September 29. The 6-2, 250-pound Lowe was All-Conference in 1997, when he led Troy State with 8.5 sacks. (Lowe will wear jersey No. 57.)


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