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Jaguars Open DaVon Hamilton's Window to Return

DaVon Hamilton will be on the practice field on Thursday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have opened up defensive lineman DaVon Hamilton's window to return, giving the fourth-year veteran a chance to return to the practice field on Thursday. 

To be eligible for return, the player must have been placed on the applicable reserve list after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on or after the day following the League-wide roster reduction to 53 players. In 2023, the player must be placed on the applicable reserve list after 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Wednesday, August 30, or any date thereafter.

Hamilton now has 21 days to be added to the active roster.

Hamilton was placed on injured reserve before Week 1 with a non-football-related medical issue with his back. Since then, there has been little in terms of a timeline or specifics with Hamilton's status.

Now, though, it appears the Jaguars are on the verge of getting one of their best defenders back on the field. 

"We’re getting close with DaVon Hamilton, of getting him into some practice. We haven’t opened up his window yet, but he’s getting closer each week," Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson said.

Hamilton's window opening means he could have a chance to likely return in Week 10 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. The Jaguars have a bye in Week 9. In Week 7 they travel to New Orleans for Thursday Night Football, and in Week 8 they travel to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Drafted in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the No. 73 overall pick, Hamilton was the first member of the Jaguars' 2020 class to sign a new deal with the team. Hamilton is the first Jaguars draft pick to sign an extension since Cam Robinson and punter Logan Cooke.

Hamilton has appeared in 46 games for the Jaguars, starting 30. In that span, he has recorded 132 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, and four pass deflections.

Hamilton had his best season in 2022, starting 14 games and recording 56 tackles, five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks while playing 53% of the snaps.