07/23/2013 5:18 PM -

JACKSONVILLE – The 2013 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Tuesday that the team has activated offensive lineman Thomas Claiborne from inactive reserve.

The 25-year-old Claiborne (6’3”, 340) returns to the Sharks’ lineup after being placed on inactive reserve on July 17. After being inactive for the first seven games of the season, Claiborne started nine consecutive games along the offensive line between Week 8 and Week 17. Claiborne has contributed at multiple positions, making four starts at fullback and five at center.

Claiborne is in his second AFL season, as he logged nine starts in seven total appearances with the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2012. He began his professional football career by signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2011 NFL season, but was waived by the team in training camp. He spent his college career at Boston College, where he was a mainstay along the Eagles’ offensive line, appearing in 40 games with 34 starts during his time at the school. Claiborne is a native of Randolph, Massachusetts.

The Sharks also announced Tuesday that Mac linebacker Aaron Robbins has been placed on inactive reserve. Following the day’s transactions, the Jacksonville roster remains at the AFL maximum of 24 active players.

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2014 season are now on sale, two tickets as low as $185. To reserve your season tickets, or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at

About the AFL

Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased its fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game will air on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.