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Friday, October 10, 2003
Hanson put on non-football injury list

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars punter Chris Hanson will miss the rest of the season after gashing his leg with an ax while chopping a log in the locker room in what was supposed to be a motivational stunt.

 Chris Hanson

Hanson was put on the reserve list for non-football injuries Friday.

Unlike players who are placed on injured reserve, those on the non-football list don't necessarily have to be paid by their teams. But the Jaguars said they will give Hanson his $375,000 salary.

Hanson, the team's only Pro Bowl player last season, needed emergency surgery to repair damage to his right, non-kicking leg. He could be ready to kick again before the end of the season, but the Jaguars decided they couldn't afford the roster spot, so they ended his season.

The team signed Mark Royals, formerly of the Dolphins, to punt and hold for kicks. Royals was cut by Miami last month.

Hanson was chopping a log put in the locker room at the behest of coach Jack Del Rio, who used the mantra "keep chopping wood" to inspire his players when they got off to an 0-3 start.