- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Jaguars are getting a veteran star back for their final two games.
But it’s not running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
It’s linebacker Daryl Smith, a longtime stalwart who has missed the entire season because of a groin injury. The Jaguars had used their one IR designation that allowed a player to return on him. He’s been practicing and was officially added to the active roster today.
Safety Dwight Lowery, who has been dealing with a foot injury, was placed on IR to make room.
Smith has made 122 starts for the Jaguars since being selected in the second round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech. He owns the franchise record with 1,084 tackles. He also has 21.5 sacks, 59 tackles for loss, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and six interceptions in eight seasons. He set a single-season franchise record in 2011 with 15 tackles for loss.
A durable player for the bulk of his career, his injury was really untimely.
Friday the team added running back Jonathan Grimes off waivers from Houston.