The Jacksonville Jaguars today placed rookie WR R. Jay Soward on the reserve/non-football illness list for treatment of an unspecified illness and replaced him on the roster with G Dwayne Ledford from the practice squad. They also signed WR Mike Horacek to the practice squad.
The team's first-round draft choice this year, Soward appeared in 13 games with two starts, catching 14 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown. He also returned 14 punts for 108 yards (7.7-yard average) and he returned four kickoffs for 93 yards (23.3 average).
Ledford, 24, was signed to the practice squad on November 15. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 1999, spending most of the season on the team's practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster for the final game, though he was inactive. The 6-3, 295-pound Ledford spent this year's preseason with the 49ers and was active for the first two games before being waived on September 15. He was a two-year starter at East Carolina, switching from defensive tackle to offensive tackle as a senior. He will wear jersey No. 76.
Horacek, 27, spent three weeks in October on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad, and he was in the Detroit Lions' training camp in 1996. He was a three-year starter at Iowa State who played in the Blue-Gray All-Star game following his senior season. He is 6-0, 201 pounds.