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Activated receiver Smith will start for Jaguars

©Associated Press
September 8, 2002

JACKSONVILLE -- The Jaguars activated receiver Jimmy Smith and said he will start today's opener against Indianapolis.

Smith reported to the team last weekend after a 38-day contract holdout. The NFL granted the Jaguars a two-week roster exemption, meaning they could carry an extra player until they activated Smith.

They did not need to cut anyone when they put Smith on the active roster because on Friday, linebacker T.J. Slaughter was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

BROWNS: Safety Chris Akins was released from the hospital after injuring his neck in a one-car accident Friday night. The team said it would decide today if he will play in the opener against Kansas City. He was the only backup safety available; Earl Little, is expected to miss the game with an ankle injury.

JETS: Pro Bowl player Kevin Mawae, whose 123-game starting streak is the longest among active centers, officially agreed to a six-year contract extension.

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