The Jacksonville Jaguars today placed DE Eric Curry on injured reserve and re-signed DE David Richie, who had been waived on August 27 in the final cuts. The Jaguars also made a change on their practice squad, releasing OT John Blick and signing DE Paul Spicer.
Curry suffered a groin injury in practice yesterday. He had made the 53-man roster after playing in the final preseason game following his rehab of a 1999 knee injury. Curry is an eight-year veteran who originally joined the Jaguars one week into the 1998 season.
Richie, 26, is a third-year player who was signed by the Jaguars on July 22. He played in two games with the Denver Broncos in 1997 and eight games with the San Francisco 49ers in '98. He was cut by the 49ers in the 1999 training camp. His career statistics include two tackles and half a sack. The 6-4, 280-pound Richie was a four-year letterman at Washington, earning second-team All-Pac 10 honors as a senior. In the preseason, he was eighth on the team with 13 tackles (5 solo) and four QB pressures. The 6-4, 280-pound Richie will wear jersey No. 98.
Spicer is a second-year player who spent training camp with the Detroit Lions before being waived on August 22. He spent portions of the 1999 season both on Detroit's active roster and the practice squad, appearing in two games. In 1998, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted rookie but was cut during training camp and played for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the CFL. He played collegiately at Saginaw Valley State, where he set the school record with 21.5 quarterback sacks.