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The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed defensive end Josh Taves to their practice squad. Taves, 24, spent the first 16 weeks of the 1995 season on the Detroit Lions' practice squad before being moved to the active roster for the regular season finale and the Lions' playoff game last December. He spent training camp and the preseason with the Lions this year until being waived August 20.

Taves, 6-7 and 260 pounds, began his NFL career as an undrafted rookie with the Lions out of Northeastern in 1995. He played for the Barcelona Dragons in the World League earlier this year, finishing third in the World League with six sacks. In his college career at Northeastern, Taves made 86 tackles, eight sacks and four fumble recoveries. He graduated from Northeastern with an architecture degree.

The Jaguars had an opening on their practice squad after activating defensive tackle Andre Davis on Monday to replace defensive end Joel Smeenge, who was placed on injured reserve.

For Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium, the Jaguars' and Steelers' injury reports are as follows:

JAGUARS: Guard Brian DeMarco (knee) is out; wide receiver Keenan McCardell (thigh), linebacker Kevin Hardy (elbow), and defensive tackle Kelvin Pritchett (groin) are probable.

STEELERS: WR Jahine Arnold (back) is doubtful; DE Orpheus Roye (concussion), G Brenden Stai (elbow), and CB Willie Williams (shoulder) are questionable; DE Brentson Buckner (wrist), TE Jonathan Hayes (ankle), WR Charles Johnson (knee), RB Fred McAfee (ankle), RB Erric Pegram (knee) and CB Rod Woodson (ankle) are probable.


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