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Surgery could end Faulk's career

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Faulk was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2000.

NEW YORK -- St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk's career is in jeopardy because of a damaged knee.

He will certainly miss the 2006 season because of reconstructive surgery, the team announced.

Rams coach Scott Linehan told a news conference: "I think reality is setting in for sure that potentially his career is winding down."

The Rams were quick to say that Faulk was not retiring, but the running back did not attend the news conference.

Faulk had recently been contemplating retirement, even before the latest news on his knee.

He is expected to have surgery next week, although the team would not confirm that or say which knee would be operated on.

Faulk was the NFL's MVP in 2000. He ranks ninth on the career rushing list with 12,279 yards, but managed just 292 yards last season and started just one game, the season finale.

He played for five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before being traded to the Rams in 1999, helping them to the Super Bowl in 2000.

Faulk has been a Pro Bowl selection seven times, but lost his starting running back job before the 2004 season.

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