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Jaguars sign Akeem Spence, place Marcell Dareus on IR

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The Jacksonville Jaguars made a roster move on Friday morning, placing veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus on injured reserve. Dareus had been dealing with a core muscle injury and had it checked out by a specialist in Philadelphia on Thursday, and in turn needed surgery which will put him out for up to six weeks. Instead of carrying him as inactive, the Jaguars signed former Buccaneers, Lions, Dolphins and Eagles defensive tackle Akeem Spence

With Dareus going to IR, he can come back at some point in the season if he’s ready to go, though he will have to miss at least eight games excluding the bye week in order to return. I would guess though, that Dareus has played his last down as a Jacksonville Jaguar unless the team makes the playoffs, especially considering if Dareus is released in the 2020 offseason he will bring a salary cap savings of $20 million.

Spence was drafted in the fourth round by the Miami Dolphins as an interior pass rusher, but failed to grab hold as a starter and signed with the Lions in the offseason. Spence spent only a season with the Lions before signing with the Eagles and then eventually was traded to the Dolphins.