JACKSONVILLE – The seasons of two of the Jaguars’ most high-profile recent free agents ended Saturday.
Julius Thomas and Jared Odrick, two of the most prominent members of the Jaguars’ 2015 unrestricted free agent class, were placed on injured reserve Saturday, the team announced.
The Jaguars activated third-year offensive lineman Luke Bowanko from the Physically Unable to Perform list and promoted running back Bronson Hill from the practice squad. Bowanko had been on the PUP list with a torn labrum since August 29.
Thomas was placed on injured reserve with a back injury and Odrick was placed there with a shoulder injury.
Bowanko (6-feet-6, 310 pounds), a sixth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, started 14 games as a rookie then played seven games – primarily on special teams – last season. Hill (5-10, 215) has spent time with Buffalo, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago and Cincinnati.
The Jaguars now have one opening on the 10-man practice squad.
Thomas missed the last two games with the back issue, catching 30 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in nine games this season. He has caught 76 passes for 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons with the Jaguars since signing as an unrestricted free agent from Denver in the 2015 offseason.
Odrick started all 16 games last season after signing with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent from Miami. He played just six of 12 games this season, missing the last two games with the shoulder injury. He has had 6.5 sacks in two seasons.