The Jaguars today waived four players and placed guard Todd
Fordham on injured reserve, bringing the roster to their required limit
of 70, to complete their first mandatory cuts. Waived were: WR
James Battle, CB Anthony Mitchell, LB Brandon Southward and
TE Mark Thomas.
Fordham suffered a torn medial collateral ligament on August 7 in a
scrimmage with the Atlanta Falcons at Furman University and has
been in rehabilitation. Last season he played in 11 games with one
start. Fordham is a three-year veteran who originally signed with the
team as an undrafted rookie out of Florida State.
Thomas spent all but one week of the 1998 season on the Jaguars'
practice squad after signing with the team as an undrafted rookie.
Battle, Mitchell and Southward were undrafted rookies this year.
The Jaguars still have five exemptions for NFL Europe League
players, which allows them to carry 70 players this week. The final
roster cutdown is Sunday, when clubs have to reduce their rosters
to 53 players. On Monday, the Jaguars will be allowed to sign five
players to their practice squad.
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