Jaguars lose another defensive starter in Cox

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to play the rest of the

season with several backups on defense, and things could get


The Jaguars placed cornerback Derek Cox on injured reserve

Friday with a knee injury, the third defensive starter lost in the

last two weeks.

Linebacker Clint Session was placed on injured reserve Tuesday

following a second concussion this season. The team also lost

cornerback Rashean Mathis to a season-ending knee injury nearly two

weeks ago.

Making matters worse, defensive linemen Terrance Knighton and

Matt Roth have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Houston.

Aaron Kampman also is questionable because of a hamstring injury.

Knighton said Friday he is waiting to hear from doctors whether he

will play again this season.

”With some of the guys that we’re going to play, we’ll find out

how well we’ve done in developing some of these guys, how much

attention they’ve been paying,” coach Jack Del Rio said. ”It is a

healthy process to have, where guys understand that they can get

that opportunity with hard work and commitment to the team. You

hate to have this many guys (injured), but that is the way we

approach it as coaches.”

Backup cornerbacks Will Middleton and Ashton Youboty, who was

signed off the street 10 days ago, are expected to start against

the Texans.

The Jaguars (3-7) now have 17 players on IR. Most of the early

ones were backups. Recently, it’s all been starters. Knighton and

Kampman could be next, especially if Jacksonville officially gets

eliminated from the postseason race.

Del Rio said he was hopeful Knighton and Kampman would


”Just remain hopeful on that,” Del Rio said. ”We’ll see how

it goes.”

The team signed quarterback Dan LeFevour off Indianapolis’

practice squad to take Cox’s roster spot.

LeFevour, a sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2010, was

claimed off waivers by Cincinnati in September 2010 and spent the

entire season on the Bengals’ 53-man roster. He was inactive for

every game as the No. 3 quarterback. LeFevour spent the 2011

preseason with the Bengals before being waived in final cuts. He

was signed to the Colts’ practice squad on Nov. 9.

”We studied him coming out,” Del Rio said. ”That’s obviously

more of a future, develop a guy, as opposed to a guy that’s

expected to come in and play.”