The Jacksonville Jaguars have released veteran offensive lineman Maurice Williams and activated first-year defensive back Kennard Cox from the practice squad. In addition, the Jaguars signed first-year guard Cameron Stephenson to the practice squad.
Williams ranked eighth in franchise history with 100 starts in 106 games played since being selected as the club's second-round draft pick in 2001. Williams started all 16 games in five different seasons, making starts at right tackle, left tackle and right guard. He started 64 consecutive games, the fifth-most in team history, from 2003 to 2006. He was part of an offensive line that helped the Jaguars rush for the two highest single-season totals in franchise history from 2006-07 including a single-season franchise record 2,541 yards in 2006.
Cox, 6-0, 197, has spent nine weeks on the club's practice squad and played in two games this season. Cox was moved to the active roster on September 15 and saw action on special teams in weeks three and four against Houston and Tennessee. He was originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2008 and was signed by the Jaguars off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad on December 8. He played in the final two games of the 2008 season for the Jaguars on special teams.
Stephenson, 6-3, 326, spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the Jaguars practice squad before being waived on November 23. He was originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007 and spent time with Green Bay, Philadelphia and New Orleans before signing with the Jaguars as a free agent on December 16, 2008.