Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Sign QB Ex-Steeler Miller May Sub If Johnson Is Unavailable

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Sign QB Ex-Steeler Miller May Sub If Johnson Is Unavailable

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With the possibility quarterback Rob Johnson will miss Sunday's

game against the New York Giants with an ankle sprain, the

Jaguars agreed to terms yesterday with former Pittsburgh

Steelers quarterback Jim Miller.

Miller, waived by the Steelers two weeks ago in a salary cap

move, agreed to a one-year deal that will pay him $200,000. He

arrived in Jacksonville last night and began studying the

playbook with fullback Ty Hallock, a former teammate of his at

Michigan State.

To make room on the roster, the Jaguars are expected to place

running back Chris Parker on injured reserve. Parker sustained a

knee injury Sunday against the Ravens.

Johnson, making his first NFL start Sunday in place of the

injured Mark Brunell, sustained what was diagnosed as a

high-ankle sprain in the Jaguars' season-opening 28-27 victory

over the Baltimore Ravens. The injury usually keeps a player out

two-to-three weeks, which prompted the Jaguars to go shopping

for a quarterback yesterday.

Prior to coming to terms with Miller, who started against the

Jaguars in the opener last season, Steve Matthews was the only

healthy quarterback on the Jaguars' roster.

The concern with Matthews, who came in to throw five passes

against the Ravens, is that he has only been with the team 12

days after being claimed on waivers from Kansas City. Matthews

said he was comfortable with only 10 plays from the team's vast

playbook, which doesn't make for a lot of intricacy on offense.

"It's going to be day to day," said Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin

on whether Johnson would play.

"I have no idea [if he'll play] until I start rehabbing it,"

said Johnson. "Each day, I'll probably get better, so I have no

idea. They don't tell me. They don't tell you guys. It's a

mystery, I guess."

Johnson sustained the sprain to his left ankle during the

second quarter of the Jaguars' victory in Baltimore. …

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