Jaguars close to hiring trainer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars are close to hiring Scott Trulock as head athletic trainer to replace Mike Ryan, according to a source close to the team.

Trulock, who has spent the past seven seasons as the head athletic trainer for football at the University of North Carolina, is replacing Mike Ryan, who announced his resignation last month. Ryan has been with the Jaguars since their inception in 1995 and is leaving to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.

Trulock spent 11 seasons in the NFL with Denver, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and San Diego from 1996-2006 before heading to UNC.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said earlier Thursday night that he had interviewed several candidates and hoped to make a hire before the NFL combine Feb. 19-25.