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Jags place Darius on IR, bring back trio

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2005) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars placed safety Donovin Darius on injured reserve and re-signed guard Derrick Fletcher and defensive tackle Martin Chase.

The team also signed rookie wide receiver Chad Owens to the practice squad after he cleared waivers.

Darius, one of the team's top run-stoppers, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sept. 18 against Indianapolis and will miss the rest of the season.

Fletcher and Chase were released Sept. 3 as part of the team's final roster cuts.

Fletcher, a fourth-year player who spent last season on Jacksonville's practice squad, could help right away. The Jaguars have allowed nine sacks in two games and are looking to shake up the offensive line.

Chase was with the New York Giants last season but missed the year with a knee injury. A fifth-round pick by Baltimore in 1998, he also has spent time in New Orleans and Washington.

Owens, a sixth-round pick, was waived Sept. 10, a day after he fumbled two punts and mishandled another before getting benched in a 10-3 loss to the Colts.

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