QB Controversy Over by Default

he Jaguars lost backup quarterback Luke McCown for the season Sunday with a torn ACL in his right knee.

They placed McCown, who also had surgery on the same knee for reconstructive knee surgery in 2006, on the injured reserve list and signed veteran Todd Bouman, 38, to replace him.

Bouman has had three previous stints with the Jaguars and is familiar with their system, but wasn't in a training camp this year.

Of McCown's injury, coach Jack Del Rio said, "I believe it's going to require another reconstruction. That's unfortunate. He really settled into a very capable backup for us. He played Sunday's game as David struggled a little bit. It's a shame to see him go down like that. We will move on."

Del Rio also indicated that Brett Ratliff, the only other quarterback under contract, isn't ready for the backup role. He was signed after being cut by the Browns.

"Ratliff is going to continue to work at it. We'll explore everything that's available and see if there's a better fit as a backup. Ratliff is learning. He's been here a short time. He's learning our system. Hopefully at some point, he'll be a candidate to come up and give us a lift (as a backup). I think I'd prefer not to let it go that way right away," Del Rio said.

McCown replaced Garrard for the first Jaguar series of the fourth quarter Sunday after Garrard threw his fourth interception late in the third period after the Chargers.

McCown drove the Jaguars from their 9 yard line to the San Diego 37 when his fourth down pass was incomplete.

On his second series, they got to the San Diego 15 but again threw a fourth down incomplete pass.

McCown then scrambled on a 3rd-and-7 play at the Chargers' 7 with 58 seconds left and suffered the injury when he made a cut. Garrard then came in on fourth down and threw a touchdown pass Mike Sims-Walker, boosting his quarterback rating from 47.7 to 62.7.

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