Collier's Struggle

The focus of the Jaguars was suddenly shifted Tuesday from the regular-season opener to a player's fight for his life.

Richard Collier, a backup offensive tackle, was shot while sitting in his car early Tuesday morning and was listed in critical but stable condition.

A police spokesman said that Collier and Kenny Pettway, a defensive lineman who was cut Saturday, were out Monday night at a nightclub where they met two women. They planned to drop the vehicle of one of the women at her apartment and continue their socializing in one vehicle.

While waiting outside the apartment, someone walked up to Collier's vehicle and fired a number of shots, striking Collier. There are conflicting reports about whether he was behind the wheel. Pettway wasn't injured.

The police spokesmen said the women appeared shocked by the shooting and it was uncertain if there was more than one assailant. Police didn't have an immediate motive.

Collier was arrested in November 2007 on a DUI charge. He was suspended for two games after that incident.

Owner Wayne Weaver issued a statement saying, "We're shocked and deeply saddened by this morning's news about Richard Collier. We have been informed that Richard has had surgery and he's in critical but stable condition. The entire Jaguars family is praying for Richard and his family at this time."

The Jaguars have to decide now whether to promote Andrew Carnahan from the practice squad or find a tackle on the waiver wire.

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