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JAGUARS WAIVE TAVIAN BANKS

The Jacksonville Jaguars today waived veteran running back Tavian Banks after he failed his physical. A third-year player who was drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 1998 draft out of Iowa, Banks had suffered a serious injury to his left knee last November 7 in a game at Atlanta.

"Tavian has been an exemplary player for us." said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "He is an absolute pleasure to coach, and he has had an extremely positive attitude from the day he arrived here. He has also been appreciative of the opportunity he's had with us. Tavian has had a very positive role in our lockerroom and as a part of this team."

Banks, 26, played in the first eight games of last season, making one start. At the time of his injury, he was fourth on the team with 14 catches for 137 yards and also had 23 carries for 82 yards. In 1998, his rookie season, he played in six regular-season games with one start and started one playoff game.

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