The Jacksonville Jaguars made five roster moves today, waiving CB Bucky Brooks and QB Jim Miller and activating G Todd Fordham and DB Ricky Parker from the practice squad. In addition, DT John Jurkovic was placed on injured reserve with a tibia plateau fracture in his right leg. He will be out for the rest of the 1997 season.
Brooks, 26, played in eight games over the past two seasons, including one start, for the Jaguars. He was a midseason acquisition in 1996 from the Green Bay Packers. A wide receiver at North Carolina, Brooks, 6-0, 201, was drafted in the second round in 1994 by Buffalo and was converted into a cornerback.
Miller, 26, was signed by the Jaguars on September 2 after injuries to Mark Brunell and Rob Johnson. He had been waived on August 24 by the Steelers after losing the starting job to Kordell Stewart in training camp. Miller, 6-2, 210, started the Steelers season opener against the Jaguars in 1995, but was replaced by Mike Tomczak for the remainder of the season. Miller, 6-2, 210, was a sixth round draft choice by the Steelers in 1994 after a record-setting career at Michigan State.
Fordham, 23, was signed as a rookie free agent out of Florida State on April 21. He was a four-year letterman and saw action in 44 games, starting every contest his junior and senior season. He was waived by the Jaguars on August 24 and signed to the practice squad the next day.
Parker, 22, was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on September 8. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1996 draft. The 6-1, 205 Parker ranked first in San Diego State history with 355 interception return yards and earned All-WAC honors three consecutive years.
Jurkovic had started all three games this season and 14 of 16 games played in 1996. He was acquired by the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent during the '96 offseason from the Green Bay Packers. He had not missed a game since being activated late in the 1991 season.