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Jaguars activate LB Daryl Smith, send S Dwight Lowery to IR

The Jaguars got the man who leads their franchise in tackles back Saturday after placing Dwight Lowery on the IR to make room for him.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars elected to activate LB Daryl Smith from the injured reserve and placed S Dwight Lowery on the same list in a corresponding move, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Smith has not played a snap all year after suffering a groin injury in the preseason that eventually required surgery. While the decision to return for only two games for an already eliminated team probably seems baffling to most, Smith is most likely trying to reestablish his value with free agency on the horizon in 2013.

Smith has started 122 games since being drafted in the second round of the 2004 draft and is currently the franchise record holder for tackles with 1,084. He's fully expected to start Sunday against the Patriots.

On the flip side, Lowery's foot injury will cost him the final two games of the season after he start nine for the Jaguars earlier this year. Second-year pro Chris Prosinski is expected to move into the starting lineup in his place.

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