Jaguars DE Reggie Hayward Returns to Practice Field

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Reggie Hayward broke his left fibula and sustained ligament damage to his left ankle in the 2009 season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts. On Monday, Hayward returned to the practice field for the first time since that injury.

"It felt good moving around. Nothing was really hurting, so we're into baby steps right now," Hayward said, according to Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union. "It feels good today, but we'll see how it feels in the morning. It's still early."

A nine-year veteran, Hayward has spent the last five seasons with the Jaguars, starting 40 of 45 games while totaling 77 tackles, including 17.5 quarterback sacks. Hayward had a pair of tackles and a quarterback sack in the one game he played last season. Overall, the 2001 third-round pick (87th overall) out of Iowa State by the Denver Broncos has 39.5 career quarterback sacks.

Hayward spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Denver before signing a five-year, $25M contract with the Jaguars as a free agent in 2005. Re-signed to a one-year deal, the Jaguars are hoping Hayward can bolster their pass-rush, which produced an NFL-low 14 quarterback sacks in 2009.

"He's got natural pass-rush ability," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "He plays with awareness, and he's got natural size for the position. Obviously, having him healthy on the field would be good. When you get up in years, you've got to fight harder to play this young man's game. That's what he has been looking toward."

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