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Steelers’ Bettis Out Vs. Ravens

January 20, 2002

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, who hasn’t played in seven weeks because of a groin injury, had a bad reaction to a painkilling injection before Sunday’s playoff game against Baltimore and did not play.

Bettis was given the shot for his sore groin before the game. The Steelers said the shot caused numbing in Bettis’ leg.

Bettis took part in pregame warmups, and apparently had the reaction after returning to the locker room.

``Jerome’s out. It’s unfortunate,″ Steelers coach Bill Cowher said just before kickoff. ``But I told the team, the last time we played these guys, we didn’t have him either.″

Bettis also sat out the Steelers’ 26-21 victory at Baltimore on Dec. 16. He was replaced Sunday by Amos Zereoue, who had 73 yards on 16 carries in the regular-season game.

Bettis has been sidelined with the sore groin since the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s game against Minnesota on Dec. 2. But he had practiced for three weeks and was expected to play Sunday.

He gained 1,072 yards in the Steelers’ first 11 games and made the Pro Bowl.

Steelers linebacker Earl Holmes injured his left knee during the second quarter and also was ruled out for the rest of the game. He was replaced by John Fiala.

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