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Hardy Placed on Injured Reserve, Sign Holmes and Waive Cox

The Jacksonville Jaguars made several roster moves today. They placed linebacker Kevin Hardy on injured reserve and waived cornerback Renard Cox and filled one roster spot with placekicker Jaret Holmes. In addition, the Jaguars signed wide receiver Jimmy Redmond to their practice squad.

Hardy suffered a knee injury in practice on November 22 and missed the last three games, ending his team-record streak of 58 consecutive starts. He finished the year with 98 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. A first-round draft choice in 1996, Hardy led the team in tackles each of the last three seasons and was named to the 1999 Pro Bowl squad.

Holmes, 25, was signed off the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad and will handle kickoffs. He is a second-year player who was with the NFC champion New York Giants last season. He played in three games, kicking for injured Brad Daluiso in one game and handling kickoffs in two others. He was inactive for seven games and the postseason. Holmes kicked for the Chicago Bears for three games in 1999. He has also had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills and in the NFL Europe League. A native of Clinton, Miss., he kicked at Auburn for two years, earning All-SEC honors in 1997 as a placekicker in addition to handling the punting duties. Holmes will wear jersey No. 3.

Cox played in four of the last five games after being signed off the New Orleans Saints' practice squad on November 6. He played solely on special teams, making no tackles.

Redmond, 24, was on the Titans' practice squad earlier this season after being signed by Tennessee as an undrafted rookie in the spring. A speedster and Missouri state champion long jumper, he played at Ohio State for two years before transferring as a senior to McNeese State.

The Jaguars have one open roster spot, which will likely be filled Wednesday.

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