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Fri, 18 Jun 2004 22:51:28 -0700
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports former Jacksonville Jaguars first-round selection WR R. Jay Soward, who is currently playing in the CFL, has virtually fallen off the face of the NFL universe. However, Soward is still being investigated by the NCAA. While being gone from USC for six years, the NCAA is looking around some West Coast player agents to find out which of them may have fronted a $5,000 bank loan that Soward allegedly has not repaid. He was suspended from the NFL the past three seasons for repeat violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Wed, 19 May 2004 14:10:34 -0700
Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports former NFL WR R. Jay Soward has signed a contract with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Soward, who was the 29th player chosen overall in 2000 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, has not played in the past three seasons and remains under suspension by the NFL for repeat violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Tue, 03 Jun 2003 07:36:51 -0700
Updating previous reports, the Florida Times-Union reports the Jacksonville Jaguars do not have to rush to release WR R. Jay Soward because the NFL announced Monday that he remains on the reserved/suspended by commissioner list. The Jaguars do not have to include Soward on their roster nor do they have to pay him a base salary for 2003 or 2004.
Sun, 01 Jun 2003 10:32:28 -0700
ESPN's John Clayton reports the Jacksonville Jaguars will release WR R. Jay Soward on Monday, June 2.
Wed, 23 Apr 2003 04:04:09 -0700
The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward, a former first-round draft choice, can apply for reinstatement for the league after serving a one-year suspension for violating the leagueís drug policy. However, even if he is allowed back in the NFL the Jaguars donít appear to want him. Owner Wayne Weaver has stated that Soward will not return to the team.
Sun, 06 Apr 2003 07:50:30 -0700
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have $6.81 million of cap space this season devoted to four players who are not on the roster: WR Keenan McCardell, LB Hardy Nickerson, OL Zach Wiegert and WR R. Jay Soward.
Sat, 18 Jan 2003 23:23:17 -0800
Bart Hubbuch reports for the Florida Times-Union Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward, who spent all of last season on the suspended list, will be released by the Jaguars this summer. Owner Wayne Weaver said he made a mistake three years ago in not vetoing the selection of Soward. "Had I done my job as well as I should have, we would have never drafted R. Jay Soward," Weaver said Saturday. "We did it, but shame on us if we don't learn from those things."
Wed, 09 Jan 2002 11:03:06 -0800
ESPNews reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward was suspended for one-year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Wed, 02 Jan 2002 14:44:20 -0800
As expected, Jaguars.com reports the team placed CB Fernando Bryant (foot) on injured reserve. They activated WR R. Jay Soward from the suspended list to take his roster spot.
Tue, 01 Jan 2002 21:01:39 -0800
The Times Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars CB Fernando Bryant (foot), who has missed the team's last four games, is likely out this week too. The team needs a roster spot to activate WR R. Jay Soward and they may put Bryant on injured reserve. They have not placed him on IR yet because of their salary cap squeeze.
Mon, 31 Dec 2001 17:55:04 -0800
The Associated Press reports the Jacksonville Jaguars will activate WR R. Jay Soward this week, but he will not practice this week or play Sunday against Chicago. When he was suspended December 7, coach Tom Coughlin called it an indefinite suspension, but NFL rules state no player can be suspended for more than four games at a time.
Thu, 27 Dec 2001 21:43:16 -0800
The Times-Union reports the NFL is reviewing the suspension of Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward. The NFL might force the team to put him back on its active roster for the Jan. 6 finale against Chicago. The league is deciding if Soward can be suspended by the team for a fifth consecutive game under terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Wed, 12 Dec 2001 21:19:08 -0800
The Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin expectes S Marlon McCree (ankle) to play Sunday. Coughlin also said WR R. Jay Soward remains suspended indefinitely by the team. Coughlin is waiting to hear from the NFL if an indefinite suspension violates NFL rules.
Mon, 10 Dec 2001 14:11:23 -0800
Jaguars.com reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin announced today that WR R. Jay Soward is suspended indefinitely. Coughlin has asked the league for guidance on the league's suspension policy.
Sun, 09 Dec 2001 20:39:26 -0800
The Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Tom Coughlin is expected to announce tomorrow the future fate of WR R. Jay Soward with the team. As previously reported, he was suspended by Coughlin for today's game after an unspecified violation of team rules. "I suspended him for the [Cincinnati] game, and if you give me a few minutes [Monday], maybe I can talk about that," Coughlin said today.
Sat, 08 Dec 2001 16:58:15 -0800
Associated Press reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward's troubles continued Saturday, as the team suspended him one game for violating team rules. Head coach Tom Coughlin wouldn't say what rule Soward had broken.
Tue, 04 Dec 2001 18:40:13 -0800
John Clayton reports for ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars WR Alvis Whitted has been released from the team. He had a key dropped pass in the fourth quarter of last night's game. The return of R. Jay Soward from drug suspension made Whitted more expendable.
Mon, 03 Dec 2001 17:07:12 -0800
The Jacksonville Jaguars have named QB Roderick Robinson as their No. 3 QB for today's game. The team has declared RB Fred Taylor, S Marlon McCree, LB Kevin Hardy, T Patrick Venzke, T Derrick Chambers, WR R. Jay Soward and DT Larry Smith inactive for today's game.
Mon, 03 Dec 2001 09:40:56 -0800
The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward may see his first regular-season action tonight. The team activated him over the weekend and he could contribute on special teams. Head coach Tom Coughlin hasn't said if Soward will return punts or not. Damon Gibson has held that job all year. The team appears encouraged by Soward's new attitude and physical conditioning.
Sun, 02 Dec 2001 15:46:12 -0800
Jaguars.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have placed WR R. Jay Soward on their 53-man active roster.
Fri, 23 Nov 2001 17:26:11 -0800
ESPN's John Clayton reports Jacksonville Jaguars oft-troubled WR R. Jay Soward is eligible to come back from a league suspension for substance abuse next Monday. The Jaguars may activate him to their active roster and they'd receive a one-week roster exemption for him.
Fri, 19 Oct 2001 14:48:23 -0700
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward is being treated in a rehabilitation center that deals with both depression and substance abuse. It's the second time in less than a year that Soward has been treated.
Wed, 10 Oct 2001 10:59:03 -0700
As an update to previous reports, Associated Press reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward has indeed been suspended an additional six games by the NFL for violation of their substance abuse policy.
Tue, 09 Oct 2001 20:53:43 -0700
Updating an ongoing storyline, the Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward is under an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, a league spokesperson said yesterday. Instead of announcing the second suspension, the league is only announcing he's still under suspension.
Mon, 08 Oct 2001 22:30:20 -0700
The Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday his "impression" is WR R. Jay Soward faces an additional six-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The team has yet to hear anything from the NFL on the matter. "We'll wait until there is some kind of official word before we make a statement about that," Coughlin said of Soward's Jacksonville future.
Sun, 07 Oct 2001 21:45:23 -0700
The Times-Union reports despite many earlier reports of a second suspension, the NFL has yet to announce an additional six-game suspension for Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward. Team spokesman Dan Edwards said Sunday the Jaguars themselves had not been informed by the league of a second suspension for Soward. The WR could return as early as Monday, if there is no second suspension. Soward's future with the Jaguars is in doubt anyway after his July arrest in Orlando for disorderly conduct.
Fri, 21 Sep 2001 18:04:12 -0700
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward is likely to remain on the team's roster for the remainder of the season due to salary cap issues that would be caused if the team released him. However, don't expect to see Soward still with the team come training camp 2002.
Tue, 18 Sep 2001 14:32:39 -0700
Associated Press reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward was charged with disorderly conduct after being arrested at an Orlando theme park on July 21. The team did not report the incident until this week. Soward is currently free on a $250 bond pending a court date. Police said they found Soward intoxicated on a substance "other than alcohol." Soward was cursing at park security officers and threatened them with a plastic key to his hotel room.
Tue, 18 Sep 2001 07:09:39 -0700
ESPN reports, as an update to previous stories, that Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward's current problems are the result of alcohol, not drugs, according to his father, Rodney. Soward is currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and is also appealing an additional six-game suspension for the latest violation.
Sat, 15 Sep 2001 01:17:29 -0700
The Times Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward is now appealing an additional six-game suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. It is uncertain when the latest violation occurred. If he loses the appeal, he would be suspended a total of 10 games.
Thu, 23 Aug 2001 21:51:22 -0700
The Associated Press reports the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 28-23 on Thursday night. Alvis Whitted caught a 58-yard TD to help the Jaguars complete their comeback from a 20-7 deficit. WR Jimmy Smith caught five passes for 78 yards and scored the Jaguars first touchdown of the pre-season early in the game. Chiefs QB Trent Green threw for 166 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs dominated the first half. He hit WR Marvin Minnis for a 7-yard TD. Jags QB Mark Brunell was 10-of-15 for 154 yards. TE Damon Jones caught a 12-yard TD. Backup QB Jonathan Quinn hit R. Jay Soward for a 33-yard TD. Minnis got extensive playing time and caught six passes for 101 yards.
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 22:43:03 -0700
The Times Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keenan McCardell (groin strain) was able to practice some this week, but he won't play in tomorrow night's pre-season game. Coach Tom Coughlin decided after today's walk-through practice not to risk aggravating McCardell's injury during a game just yet. Sean Dawkins or R. Jay Soward will start for McCardell. WR Alvis Whitted is once again expected to start in place of Jimmy Smith.
Mon, 30 Jul 2001 21:44:36 -0700
The Times Union reports Jacksonvile Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward has looked good on the field in training camp. He has caught virtually everything thrown his way during the first five days of training camp. The Jaguars are more than a little anxious to find out if Soward can pull a similar transformation with his personal life. "He's doing well so far," Coach Tom Coughlin said. "That goes for on and off the field." Soward must begin serving his four-game suspension as a second offender in the NFL's substance abuse program when the regular season starts on September 3.
Sat, 28 Jul 2001 17:10:46 -0700
The Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Alvis Whitted dropped several passes while working with the first team offense during Saturday morningís practice, drawing the ire of Coach Tom Coughlin. Fellow WR R. Jay Soward had a good day catching the ball in practice. WR Jimmy Smith missed the morning practice with the teamís permission, but was in uniform for the afternoon practice and ran several pass routes.
Sat, 14 Jul 2001 20:58:41 -0700
Bart Hubbuch reports for the Times Union Jacksonville Jaguars WR Randal Williams, an undrafted rookie from New Hampshire, has looked good during the team's mini-camp and voluntary workouts. Now the team wants to see what he can do in training camp. Coach Tom Coughlin spoke highly of Williams. "We knew his raw fundamentals were good, but it didn't take long to see that he had something," Coughlin said. WR Jimmy Smith's health status and R. Jay Soward's four-game suspension for substance abuse may give Williams a better chance of making the team's final roster.
Thu, 14 Jun 2001 01:35:23 -0700
The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin stated WR R. Jay Soward's action during training camp is going to be lessened dramatically because the team needs to have other players ready for the start of the season. Soward, coming off a rocky rookie year, is suspended for the first four games of the season for substance abuse. The team is working rookies Richmond Flowers, Marcellus Harris and David Stanley at punt and kick return to prepare for the loss of Soward.
Fri, 08 Jun 2001 12:59:50 -0700
According to Jay Glazer, of the Pro Football News & Injury Report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the upcoming season because he violated the league's drug and alcohol policy. Soward did not appeal the suspension.
Sat, 05 May 2001 11:10:09 -0700
The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward suffered some minor injuries during an automobile accident on Thursday night. Soward, who didn't receive any citations, suffered a few injuries to his face and hand during the one-car accident.
Mon, 30 Apr 2001 01:00:21 -0700
The Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said he expects to add receivers to the team's roster before training camp. Despite the most recent Jimmy Smith news, he said a move likely will not be made to add a starter to replace Smith. The team did not add a WR in the NFL Draft until the seventh round, fully expecting Smith to be ready to go for the season opener. WRs Keenan McCardell and Alvis Whitted likely will be the starters until Smith can return. R. Jay Soward, who is expected to be suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, is fourth on the WR depth chart.
Fri, 27 Apr 2001 04:57:45 -0700
According to John Oehser, of the Times-Union, Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward has been working out with the Jaguars for the past month-and-a-half. This weekend, at the team's mini-camp, he'll make his first public appearance since last year's off-the-field problems that forced the team to place him on the reserve non-football injury list.
Thu, 19 Apr 2001 15:25:58 -0700
Vic Ketchman reports at Jaguars.com that the recent injury problems for WR Jimmy Smith combined with the off-the-field problems of R. Jay Soward may make the receiver position an area of concern for the Jacksonville Jaguars in this weekend's NFL Draft. According to Ketchman, the offensive and defensive lines are the most glaring needs for the Jaguars at this time.
Mon, 16 Apr 2001 00:25:01 -0700
The Times-Union's John Oehser reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are not saying who they will select in the NFL Draft, but one thing for sure the player selected likely won't have a questionable work ethic, behavior or background, and he certainly won't be a player the team and its security hasn't examined carefully. Coach Tom Coughlin said the team will pay close attention to those factors after having probelms with last year's No. 1 pick, WR R. Jay Soward. Last season Soward was fined more than $50,000 for violating team rules, suspended for a game in December, then put on the reserve/non-football illness list the final week of the season. He reportedly will be suspended for the first four games of the 2001 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Thu, 15 Mar 2001 00:36:42 -0800
The Times Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward was at Alltel Stadium working out on Wednesday. It was the first time he was at the stadium since being placed on the reserve/non-football illness list in December. Reportedly he will be suspended by the NFL for the first four games next season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Coach Tom Coughlin declined to comment on Soward's off-season treatment, but he said he expects Soward to attend the team's off-season workout program which begins next week. As expected two Jaguars free agents, WR Reggie Barlow and TE Rich Griffith, worked out for the Jets this week. Griffith described the workout as positive, but said he is talking to at least two other teams.
Sat, 23 Dec 2000 00:35:02 -0800
The Florida Times-Union reports the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't commenting in regards to whether or not rookie WR R. Jay Soward tested positive for drug use. His teammates stated he'd be surprised if that were the case. Everyone is looking forward to getting Soward back in action next year.
Thu, 21 Dec 2000 19:29:27 -0800
SportsLine.com's Pete Prisco reports the reason WR R. Jay Soward was placed on the reserve list for non-football illness/injury earlier this week is because he failed his second drug test of the year. A second failed test can mean a four-game suspension, which would likely begin at the start of the 2001 season.
Thu, 21 Dec 2000 09:43:28 -0800
The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin stated by putting rookie WR R. Jay Soward on the reserve non-football illness list, he was not trying to punish Soward. The team and Coughlin hope Soward will be able to come back to the team in 2001 and want to help him through his undisclosed problems now. According to the report, Soward's family was in favor of the move and everyone is giving him as much support as possible.
Wed, 20 Dec 2000 15:12:05 -0800
Associated Press reports Jacksonville Jaguars rookie WR R. Jay Soward has been placed on the reserve list for non-football-related illness and will not play this weekend. Head coach Tom Coughlin stated the team is trying to help him solve a problem but wouldn't elaborate any further on the situation. Leigh Steinberg, Soward's agent, said last week that Soward is having some problems being so far away from home.
Mon, 11 Dec 2000 17:01:15 -0800
Associated Press reports the suspension of Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward on Sunday cost him $30,000 in the gameday paycheck. Head coach Tom Coughlin stated he met with Soward on Monday and whether or not Soward will be able to play this weekend will be up to Soward's behavior this week.
Mon, 11 Dec 2000 03:18:06 -0800
As an update to previous reports, the Florida Times-Union reports the reason the Jaguars made WR R. Jay Soward inactive on Sunday was because he violated a team rule. While head coach Tom Coughlin wouldn't go into detail, it is believed that Soward was late for a team meeting once again.
Sun, 10 Dec 2000 12:29:37 -0800
According to ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have declared rookie WR R. Jay Soward inactive for today's game.