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Jags give Kearse a chance

Coach Gus Bradley talks with the players. (Dave DeCandis)
Coach Gus Bradley talks with the players. (Dave DeCandis)
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Updated: 6/11/2013 11:55 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Lance Kearse's first football practice in nearly a decade got off to a rough start.

Before he even caught a pass, he ran off the field and vomited.

It was understandable if he was a little nervous since he hadn't played football since middle school and was trying out for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But Kearse, a former 6-foot-6 professional basketball player and cousin of retired NFL player Jevon Kearse, insisted his queasiness had nothing to do with anxiety. He simply "ate a little bit too much."

Kearse's stomach settled down, and he ended up opening eyes during the first NFL minicamp.

The 24-year-old was a basketball forward in Spain last year, and until Tuesday when he was playing tight end, hadn't strapped on a football helmet since he was 13.

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