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Newly arrived Jaguars defensive lineman Arik Armstead is not ready to go for the start of training camp.

Armstead was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list today, the team announced.

The 30-year-old Armstead has played his entire NFL career with the 49ers, who released him in March. He signed a three-year, $51 million contract with the Jaguars two days after the 49ers cut him.

Last year Armstead missed five games with foot and knee injuries, but he returned for the end of the season and started all three postseason games for the 49ers.


On the surface, the Jaguars are trying to get blood from a stone. At a deeper level, they might be setting up a far more lucrative play.

Via Xuan Thai of ESPN.com, the Jaguars have sued Amit Patel for $22.2 million that he embezzled, largely to support a gambling habit. The relevant principal of Florida law permits the Jaguars to recover treble damages, pushing the suit to $66.6 billion.

It’s a slam-dunk, based on Patel’s admissions in a federal prosecution that culminated in a guilty plea.

Unless the Jaguars are simply trying to prove a point and/or hedge against the possibility of Patel eventually winning the lottery, it’s possible that the team is setting up an effort to recover money from FanDuel or DraftKings.

Court documents, per Thai, show that Patel transferred $20 million to FanDuel and $1 million to DraftKings. The Jaguars previously asked FanDuel to repay some or all of that money.

Given the potential ramifications flowing from an NFL team suing one or more significant NFL partners, the Jaguars might be hoping that their lawsuit against Patel will prompt him to file what’s known as a third-party complaint against the sports books. Then, Patel could/would/should argue that FanDuel and DraftKings (but particularly FanDuel, given the magnitude of the deposit) acted with negligence and/or recklessness and/or deliberate indifference and/or malice aforethought and/or whatever other fancy lawyer terms can be cooked up to show that the sports books have a basic legal duty to detect patterns that indicate embezzlement.

Next, Patel could/would/perhaps should recover the money he spent from FanDuel and/or DraftKings, with that payment passing through to the Jaguars.

Would Patel do it? There’s no downside in trying.

Frankly, it’s possible that the Jaguars and Patel, working through their lawyers, have decided to cooperate in this regard, with a side deal that they won’t seek anything from him beyond whatever he recovers from FanDuel and/or DraftKings.

Earlier this month, we pointed out that England requires sports books to detect patterns suggesting problem gambling and/or theft. Even though the American gambling industry has yet to spawn such protections, litigation traditionally represents one of the most viable and effective ways to create those protections.

One case at a time. With the first case perhaps being the Jaguars v. Patel v. FanDuel and/or DraftKings.


The Jaguars have put together something for their 30th season in 2024.

Jacksonville announced on Thursday that they’ll be wearing their 90s-style “Prowler” throwback jerseys for their Week 5 matchup with the Colts.

Former head coach Tom Coughlin will be inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars during that game as well.

“Everywhere I go and from every comment I read, it’s apparent our fans are longing to see Jaguars’ players in throwback uniforms,” Jaguars president Mark Lamping said in a statement. “That persistence paid off and our uniforms reminiscent of the team’s early years are back by popular demand — just in time for the 30th season and, in particular, the Pride of the Jaguars induction of our inaugural head coach, Tom Coughlin.”

The Jaguars wore their original uniforms from their inaugural season in 1995 until 2009. This version of the throwbacks will also include the team wearing the original helmet logo that was featured from 1995-2013.

Jacksonville made the announcement with a social media video featuring former Jaguars right tackle Leon Searcy along with current safety Andre Cisco and cornerback Tyson Campbell.


Former NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin died Thursday at the age of 84. His funeral is set for Saturday in Tampa.

Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, Monte’s son, attended SEC Media Days on Monday, a day after seeking counsel from his pastor, Fish Robinson, at his Oxford church.

Lane Kiffin said he is honoring his father by living by one of the philosophies.

Show up and do your job,” Kiffin said, via Jared Redding of 247sports.com. “That’s what I’m doing here.”

Monte Kiffin coached nearly 30 years in the NFL, including 13 with the Buccaneers. He also worked with his son at stops at Tennessee, USC, FAU and Ole Miss, where Monte was an analyst.

Monte is in the Bucs Ring of Honor and was at the Pro Football Hall of Fame two weeks ago to receive an Award of Excellence.

“Hero is really not the right term for him. It’s superhero,” Lane Kiffin said. “That’s what he was to the people that he touched. Now I’m using his term of him, because I really feel like there’s very few superheroes and few great ones that loved everyone and tried to help everyone he came in touch with, whether you were big or small, wherever you were, he tried to help.

“One person said he met [Monte] in a gas station, and although he was a stranger, he made me feel like a friend. . . . He never wanted anyone to have a bad day or be sad, so this is me trying to do that.”


When Jon Gruden replaced Tony Dungy as head coach of the Bucs in 2002, he kept the team’s defensive coordinator. Monte Kiffin had helped Tony Dungy create and implement the Tampa 2 defense, and Gruden had no desire to fix something that wasn’t broken.

The Bucs ranked first in total defense and first in points allowed and won the Super Bowl in Gruden’s first season as head coach.

“When I got traded to Tampa, Monte and I were really excited to work together because we’d been behind the scenes studying football for several years,” Gruden told Ira Kaufman of joebucsfan.com. “He was a great mentor for me, and we worked really well together.”

Kiffin died Thursday at the age of 84.

He spent 13 years in Tampa and remains the longest-tenured coach in Buccaneers franchise history.

Kiffin coached Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber and John Lynch, all of whom are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Monte was the same guy every day — upbeat, positive and prepared,” Gruden said. “He was a phenomenal teacher and presenter. He did the preparation, and he did the presentation. Those are the two things I always thought the great coaches did . . . and he did it better than anybody. God bless him and his family.”

Kiffin is a member of the Bucs’ Ring of Honor.