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Heckler brought down


Tackling would seem to run in the family.

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio's nephew, video intern John Brannon, made a textbook open-field tackle on a heckler who dashed onto the field during the team's morning practice today.

Brannon, who said he intended to try out as a walk-on player at Louisiana-Lafayette last season, brought down the heckler as he weaved his way across the Jaguars' middle practice field while being chased by a security guard. The heckler was later arrested.

Players cheered the tackle, which ended what the heckler hoped would result in a tryout with the team for a wide receiver spot. The man was dressed in a black helmet and teal jersey.

"It looked pretty good," Del Rio said of his nephew's tackle. "There was an unwanted visitor. He made a pretty good hit on him."

Meanwhile, the Jaguars conducted a brief late-morning drill in light attire. Del Rio termed the practice, which lasted just over an hour, "very crisp. I'm pleased with our work this morning."

Running back Fred Taylor did not participate. He sustained what is believed to be a minor left knee injury in yesterday morning's practice.

"Fred's doing well. He's got a little bone bruise. We're going to sit him down and let it get better," Del Rio said.

The Jaguars will conduct the first night practice in team history tonight at 7:30 p.m. will post an updated story following tonight's practice.

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