Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notes

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

The Jaguars expect a sellout Sunday but still have more than 5,000 tickets available for the regular-season opener against Pittsburgh, one of their biggest rivals.

The club has until 1 p.m. Thursday to sell the remaining tickets or the game will be blacked out within a 75-mile radius, in accordance with NFL rules. A home blackout would be the first in the Jaguars' existence.

The Jaguars' lackluster preseason attendance was a sign they would have trouble selling tickets after a 7-9 finish last year. The two home exhibitions this year drew announced crowds of 50,970 and 48,623, the lowest preseason totals in team history. Season ticket sales have fallen to an all-time low of roughly 52,000, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said last month.

The Jaguars' smallest crowd for a home opener was last year against Cincinnati, although the turnout of 45,653 -- or almost 28,000 below Alltel Stadium's capacity -- was attributed largely to the approach of Hurricane Gordon.

BOSELLI STILL VOWING TO PLAY

Tony Boselli is standing by his pledge to play Sunday against the Steelers, although the Jaguars All-Pro offensive tackle refuses to say how healthy he is after bruising a bone in his knee two weeks ago.

"I refuse to play that [guessing] game," Boselli said yesterday when asked to put a percentage on his health. "If I put myself out there, I'm ready to go. I will play. Our job is to go play football."

Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday that Boselli would receive 50-75 percent of the repetitions this week at left tackle.

WADE PLACED ON ACTIVE ROSTER

John Wade's recovery from a stress fracture in his foot is well ahead of schedule, and Coughlin hopes to have the veteran guard-center back as early as week four against Cleveland.

The Jaguars showed confidence in Wade's comeback Sunday by moving him to the active roster. Wade would have missed the first six weeks of the season if left on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list or would have been forced to sit out the year if placed on injured reserve. …

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