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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
With offensive line decimated by injuries, Jags sign Brown

By John Clayton
ESPN.com

Veteran guard Milford Brown, signed as a backup last year who bailed out the Rams with 15 starts, has agreed to a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have lost the interior of their offensive line because of injuries.

The 28-year-old Brown agreed to a one-year deal with Jacksonville on Tuesday. The Jaguars lost guard Vince Manuwai for the season with the torn ACL suffered in Sunday's loss to the Titans. Right guard Maurice Williams and center Brad Meester are out indefinitely with torn biceps. Backup left tackle Richard Collier is out for the season after being the victim in a shooting incident last year.

Brown was cut by the Panthers after training camp. He played his first four seasons for the Texans. In 2006, he had 12 starts for the Cardinals. Last year, he had 15 starts for the Rams.

Jacksonville also signed veteran Chad Slaughter, who previously had signed with Baltimore in July and was released in final cuts. The 6-8, 340-pound offensive tackle spent five seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2001-06) after spending his rookie year in 2000 with Dallas and the New York Jets.

He originally signed with Dallas as an undrafted rookie out of Alcorn State, and has seven career starts -- all with the Raiders.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information fromt The Associated Press was used in this report.