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Monday, June 15, 2009
Big step: Jags guard Manuwai cleared

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The Jaguars went bowling Monday for a little off-the-field, organized-training-activities bonding.


But not until after they got guard Vince Manuwai back on the practice field for the start of their last week of OTAs. Arguably the team's top run-blocker, Manuwai was lost in the season opener in Nashville last season.

He's not all the way back from his knee injury, but he's been cleared to participate. He was in the offensive line drills, and got some snaps in team periods.

"It was great to get Vince Manuwai back today; Vinny being cleared by the doctors, being allowed to come out and participate, and he jumped right in," coach Jack Del Rio said, according to a transcript shared by the team.

"He's a Pro Bowl type guy and to have him back in our line is a big lift for us. I know Maurice [Jones-Drew] is happy. Dave [Garrard] is happy. Coach [Dirk] Koetter's happy. I think all the guys on offense and heck, defensively I know those guys are happy as well because Vinny means a lot to our football team, so great to have him back. He's actually worked real hard with Coach [Luke] Richesson and got his weight down and he's really poised to have a big, big year for us. So, happy to have that."

Del Rio and the Jaguars are looking for an altered tone as they look to bounce back from 5-11, and Manuwai is a guy who can do a lot to help that.