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Report: Jags RB needs surgery

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew must have arthroscopic surgery to repair torn knee cartilage, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Jones-Drew needs the procedure to repair damage done to his meniscus in the preseason. He does not have ligament damage.

The Jaguars said Friday that Jones-Drew will not play today against the Texans.

Rashad Jennings will start as the injury-depleted Jaguars try to claim the AFC South title — they must win and have the Colts lose to the Titans. If both teams win, the Colts own a tiebreaker.

Jones-Drew could be available if the Jaguars reach the playoffs.

Bills: Linebacker Shawne Merriman signed a two-year deal. Merriman, who will take a physical this week, has a nagging Achilles' tendon injury and did not play after being claimed off waivers Nov. 4. He is guaranteed $2.5 million for 2011 and will make an average of $5.25 million, ESPN.com reported.

Dolphins: Kick returner Nolan Carroll (head) won't play today at New England.

Giants: Defensive end Justin Tuck and his wife weren't injured when their sport utility vehicle and a car collided about 8:30 p.m. Friday in Teaneck, N.J. The other motorist was not injured, and authorities are still investigating the accident.

Patriots: Defensive lineman Ron Brace will be put on season-ending injured reserve this week, the Boston Herald reported. The roster spot will likely go to former Florida star linebacker Brandon Spikes, who is eligible to return Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Vikings: Receiver Bernard Berrian (quadriceps) was questionable for today's game at Detroit. Meanwhile, the team did not update the status of quarterback Brett Favre, who was doubtful for what will be his final game. He suffered a concussion against the Bears on Dec. 20.

Report: Jags RB needs surgery 01/01/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 1, 2011 7:27pm]

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