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Jaguars sign Chris Harris, release Kevin Rutland

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released cornerback Kevin Rutland and signed safety Chris Harris, the team announced.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are down to just three safeties with the injury to starting safety Dwight Lowery, so they have signed veteran free agent Chris Harris. In order to make room for Harris on the roster, the Jaguars announced on Monday they have released cornerback Kevin Rutland.

Harris was originally a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Baars in the 2005 NFL Draft and started 13 games as a rookie. Harris spent two seasons with the Bears, starting 20 games, before being signed by the Carolina Panthers and starting at safety for three seasons.

Harris was once again signed by the Bears for the 2010 and 2011 season, but was released midseason after a bad game. The Detroit Lions picked Harris up during the 2011 season, where he started five games.

With Lowery sideline for 2-3 weeks, second-year safety Chris Prosinski is slated to start against the Oakland Raiders. If Harris can pick up the system quickly however, I wouldn't be surprised to see him get plenty of playing time on Sunday.