Wednesday, March 26, 2003

NFL Notebook

Jurevicius' son dies

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - The infant son of Tampa Bay receiver Joe Jurevicius has died nearly 10 weeks after being born prematurely during the Buccaneers' run to the Super Bowl.

Michael William Jurevicius, born on Jan. 14, died Monday night at a hospital in St. Louis.

The receiver's wife, Meagan, gave birth to the couple's first child five days before the NFC championship game. Jurevicius missed three days of practice following the baby's birth, then flew to Philadelphia to help the Bucs defeat the Eagles 27-10.

Jurevicius' only reception in the conference title game, a 71-yard catch-and-run, set up Tampa Bay's first touchdown.

Jurevicius had four catches for 78 yards in the Super Bowl, including a 33-yarder that led to a TD in Tampa Bay's 48-21 rout of the Oakland Raiders.

"Meagan and I want to thank everyone for their support and wishes during this time. The last few months have been both joyous and difficult for our family," Jurevicius said.

"Michael was very courageous and he enriched our lives for the short time that he was with us. We want to thank all of the doctors and nurses ... for their help and care, and all our fans for their support. Now we just need time to grieve."

The baby also received care at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and Tampa General Hospital before going to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Buccaneer organization are with Joe and Meagan over the loss of Michael," Bucs general manager Rich McKay said.

JAGUARS: Safety Donovin Darius signed a one-year, $3 million contract. He had been tagged Jacksonville's franchise player last month, and the team still is working with him on a long-term deal.

DOLPHINS: Tight end Marco Battaglia signed a one-year contract with Miami after finishing last season with Pittsburgh.

Before joining the Steelers, he was released by Tampa Bay. Battaglia also has played for Washington and Cincinnati, and has 71 receptions for 660 yards and two touchdowns in seven NFL seasons.

TEXANS: Houston re-signed wide receiver JuJuan Dawson and center Chris Lorenti.

Dawson caught 21 passes for a career-high 286 yards in 14 games last season. Lorenti was on the team's injured reserve list last season after injuring an ankle.

CHARGERS: Cornerback Kevin House will remain with San Diego after signing a one-year contract.

House played in just one game in 2002, his rookie season.

He appeared on special teams in a loss to the New York Jets Nov. 3 after being signed from New Orleans' practice squad Oct. 3.

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