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Seau to miss rest of season with torn pectoral muscle

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) _ Miami Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle that will require surgery and was unsure whether the injury will end his 15-year career.

Of course, I will play again,'' Seau said Wednesday.I'll say that now. But that could change tomorrow.''

Seau, 35, planned to undergo the first major operation of his career Thursday in his hometown of San Diego. He has missed only nine games in his career.

I feel like I'm in detention and I can't go to recess,'' the former Pro Bowl linebacker said.It's not a good feeling.''

Seau was hurt during Monday night's 41-14 loss to the New York Jets.

He said he thought he was playing well this season, even though the Dolphins (1-7) have the NFL's worst record. He said he felt bad about being unable to finish the season, given the team's struggles.

That's the toughest thing,'' he said.I wanted to fight through it with the men in that locker room.''

Seau was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection with the San Diego Chargers before coming to the Dolphins in a trade last year.

Eddie Moore, a second-round draft pick in 2003, will replace Seau and make his first NFL start Sunday against Arizona.

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