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Jaguars Waive Shannon, Re-sign Spears

The Jaguars today waived wide receiver Larry Shannon and replaced him on the roster with Ellis Spears, who had been waived last week.

Spears is a second-year wide veteran who was a third-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1998. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in training camp and played in two games in 1999. A shoulder injury sidelined him each of the last two years. Spears was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Jaguars on May 1. He is a 6-2, 182-pounder from Grambling. He will wear jersey No. 13.

The Jaguars went through two practices today, with the morning session conducted in full pads for the first time in training camp.

"It was football. We got to be football players," said an excited Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "I congratulate them all looking like they knew how to put the pads on. It's been a long time since we've seen them (in pads), but it was fun. They got into it pretty good. Nine-on-seven was nice and hot. Sometimes you have to slow them down a little bit. I just want them to get the feel of doing things in pads. I want them to be in the pads, to be football players, and I want to learn how to practice. They need to learn how to practice so that we work to get each other better and we're just not trying to kill each other, and I think that'll come."

Rookie offensive tackle Mike Pearson sprained his left ankle near the end of the afternoon session. His status will be updated on Tuesday.

The Jaguars will continue two-a-days on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. at their practice fields at ALLTEL Stadium. The morning session will again be in full pads.

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