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September 4, 2003

Jaguars Sign Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala

(Jacksonville, Florida-AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Honolulu native Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala. The sixth-year running back was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, after they failed to work out a trade for him. With a handful of other teams interested, the Jaguars signed Fuamatu-Ma'afala even though a hamstring injury might prevent him from playing in the opener against Carolina.

Coach Jack Del Rio says the 254-pound veteran will be a "hybrid" back for the Jaguars, able to play halfback and fullback. Fuamatu-Ma'afala, a former standout at Saint Louis School in Honolulu, ran for 453 yards in 2001 and 115 last season in eight games. He was a key backup for Jerome Bettis, but the emergence of Amos Zereoue and Pittsburgh's shift to a more pass-oriented offense made him expendable. \

He also has a history of injuries, which have included a broken hand, a hurt rib cage and pectoral muscle and a number of hamstring pulls. To make room for Fuamatu-Ma'afala, the team cut offensive lineman Sammy Williams.

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