Pats' Harrison to return to field against Jags

Updated: December 24, 2006, 1:21 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Patriots defense will get a boost Sunday with the return of strong safety Rodney Harrison against the Jaguars.

Rodney Harrison
Harrison

The 13-year veteran has not played since suffering a fractured scapula Nov. 5.

Harrison's return will be key as New England attempts to stop Jacksonville's No. 2-ranked rushing attack. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, however, will miss the game with a sprained right ankle.

Running backs Kevin Faulk (knee) and Laurence Maroney (ribs) also will play despite injuries.

New England (10-4) can clinch the AFC East with a victory. The Jaguars, meanwhile, are in the thick of the wild-card hunt at 8-6.

Information from ESPN's Rachel Nichols and ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli was used in this report.