TONIGHT'S GAME: The Jaguars host the St. Louis Rams in their first home game ever in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium at 7:00 p.m. EDT Friday, August 18. The Jaguars are 1-2 after losing to expansion brethren Carolina 20-14 on July 29, defeating the Miami Dolphins 24-21 on a last-minute field goal on August 4 and losing to Detroit 19-3 on August 10. The Rams are 0-2 after losing 34-20 to Seattle and 27-22 to the Raiders.
RADIO BROADCAST: This game will be broadcast on WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, with play-by-play man Brian Sexton and color analysts Matt Robinson and Deron Cherry. Reporter Jennifer Kumik will contribute to the pre-game and half-time shows. More than 30 affiliates in five states on the Jaguars Radio Network will also broadcast the game.
PRESEASON TV BROADCAST: The Jaguars' two remaining preseason games will be televised on WTLV, Channel 12, with Kevin Harlan and Mike Golic calling the action. Harlan is in his second year as an NFL broadcaster for the Fox Network. Golic played defensive tackle for nine years in the NFL for Houston, Philadelphia and Miami before retiring following the 1993 season. He is now a broadcaster for ESPN. In addition, the game will be broadcast on WCPX (Ch. 6) in Orlando, WCTV (Ch. 6) in Tallahassee, and WSAV (Ch. 2) in Savannah, Ga.
THE COACHES: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin has led the Jaguars to one victory in three preseason games. Coughlin served as the head coach at Boston College from 1991 to '93, compiling a record of 21-13-1, with two appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. He was previously an NFL assistant coach with the New York Giants (wide receivers, 1988-90), Green Bay Packers (wide receivers and passing game coordinator 1986-87) and Philadelphia Eagles (wide receivers, 1984-85).
St. Louis coach Rich Brooks is in his first season as head coach of the Rams after 18 years as head coach at the University of Oregon. Brooks, who was an assistant with the Rams in 1971 and '72 and with the 49ers in 1974, took Oregon to its first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 37 years and was named national collegiate Coach of the Year in 1994. The 19th coach in Rams' history, Brooks was 91-109-4 at Oregon. He coached four bowl teams.
INJURY UPDATES: The following Jaguars players will not dress for tonight's game: OT's Tony Boselli (knee) and Marcus Price (ankle), RB's Reggie Cobb (sprained knee) and Mazio Royster (knee), DE's Ernie Logan and John Duff (knee); MLB's Keith Goganious (sprained knee) and LB Rod Smalley (hamstring).
The Rams report the following injuries: Out -- OT Jackie Slater (elbow), G Lance Zeno (calf) and DE Robert Young (chest). Doubtful -- DE Brad Ottis (ankle) and CB Robert Bailey (ankle).
ROSTER MOVES: The Jaguars released five players on August 13: WR's Will Harris and Shannon Baker, C Chris Dausin, CB's Marcello Simmons and Eric Stephens. That leaves their roster at 84 players.
The Rams cut four players yesterday: OT Ron Edwards, G Olaf Hampel, QB Cree Morris and TE Steve Brooks.
JACKSONVILLE-ST. LOUIS CONNECTIONS: Rams reserve running back Carl Tremble is from Jacksonville and attended Bishop Kenney High School. … Jaguars TE Derek Brown is a former teammate of Rams punter Sean Landeta when they played with the New York Giants from 1992-93. … Jaguars QB Steve Beuerlein played with Rams RB Johnny Bailey last year in Arizona. … Rams RB Leonard Russell had Jaguars C/G Dave Widell blocking for him last year in Denver, as well as having Jaguars WR Cedric Tillman as a teammate. … Russell also used to be a teammate of Jaguars G Eugene Chung when they played together in New England. … Jaguars C/G Tom Myslinski and Rams TE Marv Cook were teammates on the Bears last year. … Jaguars DE John Duff was a teammate of Rams WR Alexander Wright. The two played together with the Raiders when Duff was a tight end. … Rams LB Shane Conlan remembers Jaguars LB Keith Goganious when they were teammates in Buffalo, playing together in SuperBowls XXVII and XXVIII. … Rams G Dwayne White played for five years(1990-94) with Jaguars DE Jeff Lageman and DT Paul Frase in New York with the Jets. … Jaguars CB Dave Thomas won a Super Bowl ring in 1993 with the Cowboys, playing alongside Rams DT Jimmie Jones. … Rams QB Mark Rypien spent two years(1992-93) in Washington with Jaguars WR Desmond Howard. … Rams reserve QB Tommy Maddox played in Denver with Jaguars WR Cedric Tillman. … On the collegiate level, Rams rookie P Bill Kushner played at Boston College with Jaguars rookie TE Gordon Laro and MLB Tom McManus as well as being coached by the Jaguars Tom Coughlin. … Collectively, the Jaguars and Rams have six players who attended Notre Dame, most notably being Jaguars QB Steve Beuerlein and Rams RB Jerome Bettis. The others are Jaguars Derek Brown and Rams Todd Lyght, Mike Stonebreaker and Cedric Figaro. … The three football powerhouses in Florida will be well represented this week. Together the Jaguars and the Rams boast five University of Miami players (Jaguars TE Carlos Etheredge and Rams CB Robert Bailey, RB Cleveland Gary, LB Ricky Newbill and DT Jimmie Jones), four University of Florida players(Jaguars SS Monty Grow, WR Willie Jackson and FB Dexter McNabb and Rams rookie DE Kevin Carter), and one Florida State player (Rams WR Jessie Hester). Of this group Etheredge played a year at Miami with the Rams' Bailey. And the Rams' Carter spent time at Florida with Jaguars Jackson and Grow.
TONIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENT: The National Anthem will be sung by the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville Youth Choir. Following the National Anthem, a flyover will be flown by two F-16 Fighting Falcons from Jacksonville's 125th Fighter Group. The halftime entertainment will be ìA Salute to the Armed Forces,î featuring the 24th Infantry Band from Fort Stewart, Ga. and representatives from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will host the Denver Broncos at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 25 in their preseason finale. The Broncos are 2-1 in the preseason, having defeated the San Francisco 49ers twice on consecutive weeks, 9-7 in Denver and 24-10 in Tokyo and losing to the Carolina Panthers 19-10 at Carolina last Saturday. The Rams will travel to San Diego to face the Chargers on Friday, August 25.
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August 22 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 65 players on active list by 4:00 p.m. EDT (the 28 existing teams cut down to 60 players).
August 27 -- Roster cutdown to maximum of 56 players by 4:00 p.m. EDT (the existing teams cut down to 53 players).
August 28 -- Clubs may establish a practice squad of five players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free-agency credit.
September 1 -- All clubs are required to identify their 49-player active list by 7:00 p.m. EDT. No later than 1:30 before kickoff, clubs must identify their 45-player active list and third quarterback, if any.
September 3 -- The Jaguars host the Houston Oilers in their inaugural game.
September 18 -- Jacksonville and Carolina are required to reduce their active/inactive lists to 53 players.
October 10 -- Trading deadline.