Randy Jones, one of the Flyers' top-six defensemen, said this morning he probably will need surgery on his right hip.

Jones said he believes he has "tears" in his labrum. "There is a lot of messy stuff in there that is causing me a lot of groin pain and hip pain," Jones said.

Jones said he will meet with a specialist in Nashville, Tenn.

Jones' injury comes in a week when the Flyers announced that promising rookie defenseman Ryan Parent would miss up to 14 weeks because of shoulder surgery. The Flyers open the season Saturday night at home against the New York Rangers. *