Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Blade Put on Waivers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Blade Put on Waivers

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Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union

The Jaguars ended their experiment with Willie Blade on Tuesday, waiving the troubled defensive tackle midway through his first season with the club.

Blade, a former third-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys who bounced among four teams in his first four seasons, appeared to be reviving his career with the Jaguars after making their roster with an energetic effort in the preseason.

But Blade was suspended one game last month for missing a team meeting, and his continued back problems, combined with the emergence of veteran backup tackle Derrick Ransom, made Blade expendable.

"We needed to make a move [with Blade] right now so we could get someone in here who can contribute, especially on special teams,'' Jaguars vice president of personnel James Harris said.

Harris said the team worked out two linebackers and two defensive ends on Tuesday, but remained in discussions about which position to fill. He added that the team might be more inclined to go with a linebacker because starter Daryl Smith is questionable with a partially torn knee ligament.

Blade, who now has been waived by three teams since July 26, played in five games for the Jaguars with one start and recorded five tackles.

BLACKOUT LIKELY FOR LIONS GAME

Less than 48 hours before the league's blackout deadline, the Jaguars still have more than 9,500 tickets available for Sunday's home game against Detroit and do not expect to ask the NFL for an extension.

That means the game is all but assured of being blacked out on local television and in such secondary markets as Orlando, Gainesville and Savannah.

Two of the Jaguars' three home games have been blacked out this season.

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