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Torn ACL ends Jaguar fullback's year

By TIMES WIRES
Published August 29, 2006


JACKSONVILLE - Greg Jones, the Jaguars starting fullback and Fred Taylor's primary backup at tailback, will miss the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

"The pain and rehab are going to be tough, but I know what to expect," Jones said Monday. "I'm just ready to get it over with now. I'm ready to get back running again."

Jones was hurt Saturday against the Bucs. Coach Jack Del Rio initially said it was a sprained medial collateral ligament, but tests revealed otherwise. Del Rio said Jones will have surgery after the swelling subsides, probably in two weeks.

"It's unfortunate," Del Rio said. "He's my kind of guy. I have a lot of respect and admiration for the way he plays the game and the way he prepares himself."

Jones sustained a similar injury to his right knee while at Florida State in 2002. He said he had less pain, less swelling and no cartilage or meniscus damage this time; all good indicators his rehab will be smoother and maybe shorter.

Jones ran 62 times for 162 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie then 151 times for 575 yards and four scores last season.

Derrick Wimbush moves into the starting fullback spot, and LaBrandon Toefield becomes Taylor's main backup.

Holmes out at least six games

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The odds of seeing Priest Holmes on the field this season got much longer when the Chiefs put the three-time Pro Bowl running back on the "physically unable to perform" list.

Holmes must remain there for six weeks. Then Kansas City will have 21 days to activate him.

Holmes, who scored a then-record 27 touchdowns in 2003, missed the last nine games of 2005 after a hit by San Diego's Shawne Merriman caused trauma to the head and neck, and doctors have not cleared him to practice or play.

"You never know where his career's at right now," coach Herm Edwards said. "Only he knows that. That's between he and the doctor."

BILLS: Guard Aaron Gibson's comeback ended with being cut. Gibson, a 6-foot-6, 375-pounder picked 27th overall in 1999 by Detroit, was out of football for two years before signing in April. After seeing limited time in the first two preseason games, Gibson did not play Saturday against Cleveland.

BROWNS: Cornerback Gary Baxter practiced for the first time since straining his left pectoral muscle Aug. 10 against Philadelphia and said he will be ready for the season opener. Cleveland already is without cornerback Daylon McCutcheon, its the most experienced player in its secondary who had arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 1. His status for the opener has not been determined. Also, former Gator kicker Jeff Chandler was released after failing to beat out incumbent Phil Dawson.

RAMS: Guard Claude Terrell, who made 10 starts as a rookie last season and was expected to be the backup this season, went on injured reserve and will miss the season. His right wrist remains sore despite offseason surgery, and he said another surgery will be scheduled for next week.

RAVENS: Running back Jamal Lewis practiced for the first time since straining his left hip flexor against the Eagles on Aug. 17. His status for Thursday's game hasn't been determined.

SEAHAWKS: Former Gator fullback Ran Carthon was released along with Gibran Hamdan, the 2006 NFL Europe MVP who did not beat out ex-Georgia star David Greene at third-string quarterback.

TEXANS: Receiver Derick Armstrong and linebacker Barrett Green were released. Armstrong spent the past three seasons in Houston and had nine catches for 115 yards in 13 games last season. Green, a seven-year veteran, missed six games in 2004 and 15 last season because of knee injuries. He sustained a pulled groin during camp.

TITANS: Quarterback Kerry Collins signed. Coach Jeff Fisher said Billy Volek remains the starter with Vince Young, the No. 3 overall pick in April, backing him up while Collins learns the offense. Collins went 7-21 as the starter in Oakland the past two years but was cut to save $9.2-million against the salary cap. Last season, he threw for 3,759 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also was sacked 39 times.

CHINA: The league said it negotiating with several teams, including the Patriots and Seahawks, to play a preseason game next summer in Beijing. Previous reported said the Seahawks and Patriots would meet.