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Jaguars sign former WSU QB Jeff Tuel to practice squad

Former Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, who started one game for the Buffalo Bills in 2013, has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and placed on the practice squad. (AP / AP)
Former Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, who started one game for the Buffalo Bills in 2013, has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and placed on the practice squad. (AP / AP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Jeff Tuel to the practice squad, giving them a third quarterback in case Blake Bortles can’t play this week because of a sprained throwing shoulder.

Bortles injured his right shoulder early in a 38-31 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. He finished the game, completing 23 of 33 passes for 303 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

Bortles is not expected to practice Wednesday, leaving backup Chad Henne to get first-team repetitions while Tuel runs the scout team.

The Jaguars claimed Tuel off waivers from Buffalo in June. He spent training camp and the preseason with Jacksonville before he was waived in August. Tuel, who started a regular-season game for the Bills in 2013, played in one preseason game this year. He completed 6 of 11 passes for 63 yards against the New York Giants.

The former Washington State quarterback was the first undrafted rookie directly out of college to start in Week 1 for any team since the NFL merger in 1970, according to STATS LLC.

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