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Jaguars cut starting fullback, trade for two draft picks

August 24, 1997

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Le’Shai Maston, the only starting fullback in the two-year history of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was waived Sunday as the team trimmed its roster to 53 players.

The Jaguars also cut former Pro Bowl cornerback Robert Massey, wide receiver Curtis Marsh, offensive tackle Todd Fordham and third-string quarterback Todd Philcox.

They traded defensive end Paul Frase to Green Bay for a sixth-round draft pick next year and traded offensive tackle Jimmy Herndon to the Chicago Bears for a seventh-round pick in 1998.

Maston’s release gives the starting job to Ty Hallock, who played fullback, linebacker and tight end last year. Hallock injured his foot two week ago and may not be able to play next Sunday at Baltimore.

The only other fullback on the roster is Daimon Shelton, a sixth-round draft pick out of Sacramento State. Shelton carried eight times for 22 yards in the preseason, but he moved the pile on a 5-yard touchdown run Friday night against Atlanta.

By releasing Philcox, the Jaguars are taking a risk of having only two healthy quarterbacks on their roster until Mark Brunell can return from torn knee ligaments, which could be October at the earliest.

Rob Johnson will make his first NFL start next week and will be backed up by Steve Matthews, whom the Jaguars claimed off of waivers from Kansas City just last week.

Philcox never played a down for Jacksonville and was shaky during preseason. He was 3-of-9 for 4 yards against the San Francisco 49ers and was 1-of-6 against the Falcons, his only completion a deep fade to Marsh.

Matthews, who had only one practice with the Jaguars, was 3-of-8 for 84 yards against the Falcons.

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