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Jaguars waive Canadian QB Rourke, could return to practice squad


The Jacksonville Jaguars announced that they have waived Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke.

He was signed to the 53-man roster as the emergency third quarterback ahead of Thursday's win over the New Orleans Saints. TSN's Farhan Lalji adds that the team will return Rourke to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

The Victoria, B.C., native had an impressive preseason with the Jaguars, completing 23-of-35 passes for 348 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in three appearances, but failed to beat veteran C.J. Beathard for the No. 2 job behind Lawrence.

Rourke signed a three-year deal with the Jaguars after finishing the 2022 season with the CFL's BC Lions, where he completed 255-of-324 passes (league-high 78.7 per cent) for 3,349 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also ran for 304 yards and seven touchdowns and was named the league's top Canadian player.

Rourke played collegiately at Ohio University and was taken in the second round (15th overall) in the 2020 CFL draft by the Lions after going undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft.