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Del Rio names Brackens starter for Jags

Updated: September 4, 2003, 11:47 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

For the first time since last October, when his balky knees sidelined Tony Brackens after only five games and put his football future in doubt, the leading sacker in Jacksonville Jaguars history is back in the starting lineup.

And while Brackens suggested he is not stunned that rookie coach Jack Del Rio named him a starter for Sunday's season opener at Carolina, only two weeks after the seven-year veteran wondered aloud if his career might be over, he allowed he is pleasantly surprised by ...

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