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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Jaguars minus three starters to begin camp

By Michael DiRocco

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without three starters when training camp begins Friday.

The team announced Tuesday that it had placed receiver Ace Sanders on the non-football injury list and that it had also placed cornerback Alan Ball (ankle) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (groin) on the physically unable to perform list.

As expected, the team also placed rookie cornerback Aaron Colvin on the PUP list. Colvin, whom the Jaguars drafted in the fourth round in May, suffered a torn ACL during Senior Bowl practices in January.

Sanders, who caught 51 passes as a rookie in 2013, was one of seven receivers to miss time during OTAs and minicamps because of injuries.

Watson, whom the team signed as a free agent in March, missed nearly all of OTAs and minicamp with the groin injury. He is the starter at the team's new OTTO linebacker position, which replaces the strongside linebacker. LaRoy Reynolds took the bulk of the snaps at that spot in Watson's place and likely will continue to do so when camp begins.

Ball started 15 games last season and led the Jaguars with 14 pass breakups. His absence probably means more work for second-year corners Demetrius McCray and Jeremy Harris.