The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Chris Parker and signed center/guard Matt Cravens.
Cravens played for the Albany Firebirds in the Arena Football League, finishing the season last Saturday. He has had previous experience with two NFL teams. Cravens, 24, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts on April 23, 1997 and was waived on July 8. He was then signed by the Baltimore Ravens on July 22 and waived by the team on August 19 in the cut to 60. The 6-3, 278-pound Cravens played collegiately at Miami (Ohio), where he was first-team All-Mid-American Conference in 1996 and only the third player in school history to be invited to the East-West Shrine game. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio. (Cravens will wear No. 53.)
Parker spent the final 16 weeks of the 1997 season on injured reserve after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the season opener at Baltimore. He was on the Jaguars' practice squad in 1996 after having been signed as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall, where he set numerous Southern Conference rushing records.
JAGUARS HOLD TWO PRACTICES
The Jaguars held two practices today at Ferrell Fields as they began their last full week of training camp.
Five players were held out due to injuries: C Michael Cheever (back), CB Deon Figures (knee), LB Bryce Paup (groin), G Jeff Novak (leg), DT Kelvin Pritchett (elbow).
Two-a-days will continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with practices scheduled for 8:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. at Ferrell Fields.
FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAME TO BE TELEVISED ON WTLV-TV 12
Some tickets remain for the Jaguars' preseason home opener Friday against the New York Giants, however the game will be televised on WTLV-TV, Channel 12. Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m., and TV-12's pre-game show will begin at 7:00, featuring Jennifer Kumik and Jeff Prosser.
Radio coverage of the game will begin with the "Sprint PCS Tailgate Show" at 5:00 p.m., featuring Kumik, Cole Pepper, Heather White and Mike Miller, and the Jaguars pre-game at 7:00 p.m. with Matt Robinson and Vic Ketchman.