The Jacksonville Jaguars today placed tight end Damon Jones on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and signed six-year veteran tight end Greg DeLong.
Jones was injured on the second play of last Sunday's game at Cleveland when he was tackled while making a 12-yard reception. A four-year veteran, Jones was the backup to Kyle Brady, although he had started 18 of 43 games played during his career. Jones was a key to the Jaguars' leading the NFL in rushing in 1999, but he was also a valuable receiver, scoring touchdowns on 10 of his 33 career receptions.
DeLong, 27, had been waived by the Baltimore Ravens on August 27. In four seasons with Minnesota and last year with Baltimore, he started 25 of 65 games played, catching 43 passes for 257 yards (6.0 average) and one touchdown. He was originally signed as a rookie free agent. The 6-4, 255-pound DeLong was All-ACC at North Carolina in 1994, where he helped block for Natrone Means. At Parkland High School in Orefield, Pa., he was named the Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year and second-team All-America by USA Today.