The Jacksonville Jaguars today waived linebacker Edward Thomas and activated defensive end Javor Mills from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. They also filled the open spot on the practice squad by signing Duke Pettijohn, a linebacker from Syracuse who most recently played for the Orlando Predators of the Arena League.
Mills, 23, was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Jaguars on April 21. He spent the preseason with the team, appearing in three games until being waived in the final cuts on September 1. In the preseason, Mills made three tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. He was a two-year letterman at Auburn and is a native of Wilmington, Del. He will wear jersey number 70.
Thomas had been with the Jaguars since the final month of the 2000 season, appearing in 24 games and making 44 tackles on defense and 17 tackles on special teams. In 2001, he played in all 16 games, making four starts.
Pettijohn, 25, is a 6-1, 243-pound linebacker out of Syracuse, where he was a teammate of Donovin Darius. He was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001 but was waived before the start of training camp. He played fullback/linebacker this season for the Predators. He led the team in rushing, was fifth in tackles and scored 10 touchdowns.