The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived/injured four players: S Erik Olson, WR Emanuel Smith, CB Kory Blackwell and WR Antonio Stanley. They also signed WR Micah Ross, a former Jacksonville University two-sport athlete who also played for the Jacksonville Tomcats, and they claimed off waivers G Justin Amman, a rookie from Florida State.
Olson and Smith, both of whom were 2000 late-round draft choices and finished last season on the team's 53-man roster, and Blackwell, a second-year free agent, will revert to the team's injured reserve list on Saturday. Olson (groin), Smith (toe) and Blackwell (groin) were all injured in training camp and did not appear in either of the first two preseason games. Stanley had a hamstring injury and also missed the first two games.
Ross, 25, played both basketball and football at JU. Professionally, he played for the USBL Jacksonville Barracudas in 1999 and with the Tomcats this year. A Jacksonville native, Ross was All-State at Andrew Jackson High as a senior, and he led his team to the state championship as a junior. He is 6-3, 220 pounds.
Amman had been waived by the San Diego Chargers last Tuesday and claimed by the Jaguars. The 6-4, 305-pounder was first-team All-ACC in 2000, and he played in four national championship games in five seasons at FSU. His father, Richard, played for the Baltimore Colts in 1972 and '73. Amman, a native of Eustic, Fla. is 22 years old.
The Jaguars' active roster is now 86 players (not including the five players on I.R. or PUP). The first cutdown to 65 players will be Tuesday, August 28.
The Jaguars will return to practice on Saturday with a 3:40 p.m. session at Ferrell Fields. Head coach Tom Coughlin will be available following the practice. Players will be available during their lunch period, from 11:45 to 12:45, at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel.