The Jacksonville Jaguars have made six changes to their roster. Center John Wade was placed on injured reserve because of a broken foot suffered in Monday night's game at Indianapolis and defensive end David Richie was waived. To fill those vacancies on the 53-man roster, the Jaguars signed guard Aaron Koch from the Tennessee Titans' practice squad and free safety Craig Miller from the Colts' practice squad. The Jaguars also waived offensive tackle Gannon Shepherd from their practice squad and replaced him with Reggie Nelson, also an offensive tackle.
Wade had started the last two games after missing the first two games and all four preseason games with a stress fracture in his right foot suffered during training camp. He had started 20 consecutive games for the Jaguars dating back to the 1998 playoffs. Richie had been waived on August 30 and signed to the active roster three days later. He played in the season opener, then was inactive for the last three games. Shepherd had been signed to the practice squad on August 28.
Koch, 22, is a 6-3, 293-pounder from Oregon State.He was signed by the Titans as an undrafted rookie on April 26, then waived in the final cuts on Sept. 5 and signed to their practice squad two days later. He played in 44 games at Oregon State, starting the last 33 at center and guard, earning first-team All-Pac 10 honors as a senior, as the school played in a bowl game for the first time in 34 years. He also played in the Hula Bowl. Koch is a native of Kelzer, Ore.
Miller, 22, is a 5-11, 199-pounder out of Utah State. He spent all of the 1999 season on the Colts' practice squad, as well as the first four weeks of this season. He was a three-year starter in college and is a native of Bakersfield, Calif.
Nelson, 24, was a fifth-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 1999, spending six weeks in two different stints on their 53-man roster and the rest of the year on the practice squad. He appeared in two games. At McNeese State, the 6-4, 310-pound Nelson earned All-America honors while setting a school record with 52 consecutive starts. He is a native of Alexandria, La.
Editor's note: Koch will wear jersey No. 64 and Miller will wear No. 38.