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Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester (63) runs for a first down past Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan, left, and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (99) after catching pass during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars honored retiring center Brad Meester with a reception - the pass-catching kind.

The Jaguars called a screen play for the 14-year veteran who announced Wednesday that Sunday's game against Tennessee would be his home finale.

Meester spent his entire career in Jacksonville, and he was the only player announced in pregame introductions Sunday. The Jaguars also planned a tribute on the field after the game.

But offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch didn't wait, dialing up a play for Meester in the first quarter.

Meester reported as an eligible receiver, lined up at tight end and then caught the screen pass. Meester had fellow offensive linemen Uche Nwaneri and Austin Pasztor out front and plenty of open space. But Meester ran into Nwaneri. Still, he gained 9 yards and set up Chad Henne's 4-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis on the next play.

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