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OT Cameron Bradfield released; TE Marcedes Lewis IR-designated to return


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars adjusted their offensive line depth Monday.

They did so by waiving Cameron Bradfield, an offensive tackle who had struggled in the first two games of the regular season while starting in place of injured starting right tackle Austin Pasztor.

Bradfield, a four-year veteran who had been the team's "swing" tackle behind Pasztor and starting left offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, was waived Tuesday afternoon as the team also placed tight end Marcedes Lewis on the injured reserve-designated-to-return list.

Pasztor, who has been out with a hand injury since the team's Preseason Week 2 loss at Chicago, is expected to practice with a club device on his hand Wednesday.

The Jaguars on Tuesday also signed second-year wide receiver Tavarres King and rookie tight end Marcel Jensen to their 53-man roster. King, a second-year veteran, had been on the Carolina Panthers' practice squad; Jensen spent training camp and the offseason with the Jaguars and had been on the team's practice squad.

The Jaguars also signed rookie tackle Cody Booth to the practice squad.

Lewis, a nine-year veteran and starting tight end, sustained a high ankle sprain in a 41-10 loss to Washington Sunday, and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. Because he was placed on IR-designated to return, he is ineligible to practice until October 29 and will be eligible to return to game action when the Jaguars visit Indianapolis November 23.

Under NFL rules, players may place one player on IR-designated to return per season.

King (6-feet-1, 210 pounds), a fifth-round selection by Denver from the University of Georgia in the 2013 NFL Draft, spent time on the Panthers' active roster as a rookie. He was waived by Carolina August 30 and never has played in an NFL regular-season game.

King caught 136 passes for 2,602 yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons at Georgia, catching 42 passes for 950 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

King's addition gives the Jaguars six receivers on the 53-man roster, with the others being Cecil Shorts III, Mike Brown, Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. Lee and Hurns started the first two games, but Hurns is day-to-day this week with an ankle injury sustained late in the Washington game.

Shorts, the team's leading receiver over the past two seasons, missed the first two regular-season games with a hamstring injury, though he said Monday he expects to practice Wednesday.

Jensen, who signed with the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent shortly after the May 2014 NFL Draft, spent the first two weeks of the regular season on the practice squad.

With Lewis on injured reserve, the Jaguars now have three tight ends on the roster: Clay Harbor, Jensen, recently acquired Mickey Shuler. Harbor missed the preseason and first two regular-games with a calf injury, but said Monday he is closer to full health and hopes to practice this week.

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