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Connolly needs surgery


Dan Connolly's injured finger will require surgery and could make the second-year guard a candidate to be placed on the injured reserve list, according to Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. Connolly sustained the injury, a fracture and dislocation of a middle finger, in practice on Tuesday night.

Del Rio said Connolly is one of three players who have been ruled out of Friday's intrasquad scrimmage. Safety Donovin Darius and offensive lineman Mike Williams will also not play, and wide receiver Matt Jones is likely to be held out of action. Darius is being eased back into action following knee surgery last year. Williams is battling a sore back and Jones is recovering from an ankle sprain he sustained in practice on Monday night. Del Rio said running back Fred Taylor, recovering from a pre-camp hamstring pull, is likely to play.

The scrimmage is set for 7:30 p.m. at Alltel Stadium. The public is invited to attend and there's no admission charge.

"We want to put our team in different situations; in scoring situations some, backed up some. It's a controlled scrimmage. The quarterback is not live," Del Rio said.

All other players are fair game and Del Rio termed the scrimmage "real football." The scrimmage will begin with a kickoff return and the evening will include all forms of special teams play. A 20-minute autograph session will follow the scrimmage.

Del Rio said the scrimmage will be judged "pretty close" to a preseason game in player evaluation importance.

A special scoring system will pit offense vs. defense. The offense will be awarded six points for a touchdwon, three points for a field goal, one point for a conversion kick, two points for having gained two consecutive first downs and one point for a gain of 20 yards or longer.

The defense will get three points for an interception or a fumble recovery, two points for a three-and-out, and one point for holding a drive to no points, a tackle for a loss or a sack.

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