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Jaguars cut Charles

The Jacksonville Jaguars have cut running back and 2005 Memorial graduate Jamaal Charles.

The Jaguars announced the move on their website late Monday afternoon. NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport said on Twitter that newly acquired Carlos Hyde has taken Charles’ spot.

Charles’ return to the NFL after a season with the Denver Broncos has lasted just two weeks. He carried once for 2 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, a week after being held to 5 yards on five carries in a blowout road loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

If no other team picks up Charles, the 11th-year veteran from the University of Texas will have his lowest rushing total of the season. An ACL tear in Week 5 of the 2016 season limited him to 40 yards on 12 carries.

Charles spent his first nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he is the all-time leading rusher (7,260 yards).

Jacksonville has been looking for a strong performer in the backfield with Leonard Fournette dealing with a hamstring injury. T.J. Yeldon has 327 yards and a touchdown on 79 carries in four starts, but he was held to 28 yards on 12 carries, Jaguars.com reported.

**UPDATED to reflect Jaguars confirm Charles’ release**

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I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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