Jaguars' Brackens Goes on IR
Oct. 15, 2002
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The Jacksonville Jaguars placed Tony Brackens on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and allowing him to have surgery on his injured left knee.
Brackens finished the season with one sack in five games, and never looked like his former Pro-Bowl self.
The seventh-year player was practicing only once a week and playing on about only half the snaps. Last week, he said he saw no improvement and was happy simply if he could get out of bed in the morning.
``He has shown patience and perseverance, he has played with pain, and he has tried to be the productive player that we know he is,'' Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said. ``But instead of gaining confidence in the knee, he has been losing confidence.''
Brackens wasn't immediately available for comment.
Last January, Brackens had surgery to remove scarring from the knee, but he told doctors not to work on any further damage that might exist, so that he wouldn't miss this season in rehab.
Coughlin said an MRI done Monday revealed cartilage wear in the knee.
``At this point, the prudent move is for Tony to go ahead and undergo surgery so the knee can heal,'' Coughlin said.
Brackens led the team in sacks the last three seasons. His season ended the day after the Jaguars placed offensive tackle Maurice Williams on injured reserve with a broken leg.