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