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Castoff Edwards will fill the bill in Jacksonville

Associated Press / September 29, 2010

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Showing just how frustrated they are with quarterback David Garrard, the Jaguars claimed former Bills starter Trent Edwards off waivers yesterday.

Edwards is expected to sign a contract and join his new teammates at practice today.

The Jaguars waived linebacker Alvin Bowen to make room for Edwards on the roster.

The move gives Edwards a fresh start after things went south in Buffalo and provides Jacksonville with a viable option behind Garrard.

Edwards started the first two games for Buffalo this season, completing 29 of 52 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions and lost both games, prompting coach Chan Gailey to turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick to spark an inept offense.

With Fitzpatrick under center, the Bills managed 374 yards — more than Edwards mustered in his two starts — against the Patriots Sunday. Gailey released Edwards Monday.

Edwards could get a second chance in Jacksonville, especially if Garrard continues to perform like he has the last two weeks.

Garrard threw four interceptions and was benched in a 25-point loss at San Diego. He was even worse Sunday at home, completing 13 of 30 passes for 105 yards and an interception in another 25-point loss to Philadelphia. He also was sacked six times and botched a pitch to Maurice Jones-Drew.

Coach Jack Del Rio said Garrard seemingly lost confidence following the sixth loss in his last seven starts. He also made it clear how he felt about his quarterback’s play.

“As long as he’s our best option, we’ll continue to go with him,’’ Del Rio said.

Those sentiments are not really new. Del Rio and team owner Wayne Weaver challenged Garrard in January. Del Rio called Garrard a “second-tier quarterback,’’ and Weaver said he needed to be more accountable and spend more time working with the team’s young receivers.

Garrard responded with what coaches and teammates called his best offseason. He even threw three TD passes in the opener. But poor decisions, bad throws, and costly turnovers plagued him the last two weeks.

Garrard signed a six-year, $60 million extension in 2008. It was the richest contract in franchise history and included $18 million guaranteed. It also was a reward for 2007, when Garrard emerged as a legitimate starter, threw 18 TD passes, just three interceptions and led the team to its first postseason victory since 2000.

Packer confronts fan
The NFL is investigating a confrontation between Packers safety Nick Collins and a fan after Monday night’s loss to the Bears at Soldier Field. Greg Aiello said the league is “in the process of reviewing all the facts. Milwaukee’s WITI-TV aired video in which Collins is seen yelling at a fan as he left the field. Collins then appears to throw his mouthpiece into the stands. According to the station’s report, Collins said the fan spit on him and used a racial slur. WITI said Collins apologized for “losing his cool.’’ . . . The Packers were penalized 18 times in the 20-17 loss. “We’ll take a look at the film, but [18] penalties, that doesn’t cut it,’’ Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “You can’t play football like that, so we need to evaluate that and apply that to our preparation for Detroit.’’ . . . The Packers-Bears game had an estimated 17.5 million viewers, according to ESPN, making it the fifth-most watched cable program ever.

Carney’s a Saint
Veteran kicker John Carney is returning to the Saints. Carney’s agent, Jack Mills, confirmed his client would be signing a contract with his former team. Terms of the deal were not released. Carney, 46, worked out for the Saints yesterday after Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime Sunday that would have given the Saints a 27-24 win over the Falcons. For the season, Hartley is 4 for 7 on field goal attempts . . . The Seahawks signed wide receiver Brandon Stokley, who played in 16 games for Denver last year but made only 19 catches. Seattle also signed offensive linemen Breno Giacomini, a Malden native, and Allen Barbre . . . The Panthers released defensive tackle Louis Leonard after an injury-filled year in Carolina. The 26-year-old Leonard entered camp as a favorite to win a starting job on a revamped defensive line, but he failed to crack the rotation and had three tackles in two games . . . The Colts said linebacker Kavell Conner (left foot surgery), receiver Anthony Gonzalez (sprained right ankle), and safety Bob Sanders (torn biceps) all will miss Sunday’s game at Jacksonville . . . Giants safety Michael Johnson was placed on injured reserve because of a herniated disk in his back. Defensive back Brian Jackson was promoted from the practice squad to take his place on the roster . . . Hall of Fame offensive lineman Rayfield Wright, 65, was released from a Fort Worth hospital Saturday after the former Cowboy suffered a heart attack. Wright’s prognosis is good . . . Don Doll, 84, a standout defensive back who was part of Detroit’s 1952 NFL championship team before later coaching the Lions, died last week in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

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