Church was revealed to be dealing with a back injury, USA Today's Jay Johnson reports.
Church reportedly sustained the back injury in the early goings of the Jaguars' offseason program, which is the issue that prevented him from taking part in OTAs and minicamp. However, his limitations were said to be precautionary and Church should be good to go for training camp.
The nature of Church's injury is unclear, but the issue doesn't appear to be serious as he's been working on the side during minicamp. Expect Church to be full-go at the start of training camp.
Church was one of several big name defensive free agents to sign with Jacksonville on Thursday. The team is aggressively trying to improve its defense, which struggled mightily in 2016. In 12 games with the Cowboys last season, Church had 85 tackles, a forced fumble, and four passes defensed, including two interceptions.
Church is expected to sign with the Jaguars on a four-year contract worth more than $6 million per season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
The Jaguars are aggressively addressing their perennially troublesome secondary for a second straight offseason, pairing Church with 2016 free-agent signing Tashuan Gipson to form the starting safety duo. This addition likely will leave 2013 second-round selection Jonathan Cyprien seeking a new NFL home.
Church finished the regular season with 85 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games.
The tackles were his fewest in four seasons, but that was due to a broken forearm that cost him a quarter of the campaign, and he was on pace for 113 tackles over a full 16 games. He's a free agent this offseason though, and with Byron Jones and J.J. Wilcox both showing significant improvement in 2016, the Cowboys may not make much of an effort to bring Church back.
|P1||8/10/17||@ NE||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/19/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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