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Jags sign Fuamatu-Ma'afala

The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, who was released last Sunday after spending the last five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. To make room for him on the roster, the Jaguars released offensive lineman Sammy Williams.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala has played in 53 NFL games with six starts and is considered an excellent special teams player. He has rushed for 751 yards on 172 carries (4.4-yard average) and five touchdowns and has caught 38 passes for 330 yards (8.7 average) and two TDs. In 2002, he played in only eight games because of a midseason rib injury, but he scored the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' Wild-Card playoff win over Cleveland. He was a sixth-round draft choice in 1998.

Fuamatu-Ma'afala finished his collegiate career third on Utah's all-time rushing list with 2,638 yards. He is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii and is 6-0, 254 pounds and 26 years old. He will wear jersey No. 45.

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