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Steelers’ Bettis Not Likely to Play

January 20, 2002

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was not expected to play in Sunday’s AFC playoff game against the Ravens after having a bad reaction to a painkilling injection.

Bettis was given the shot for his sore groin before the game. The Steelers said the shot caused numbing in Bettis’ leg, and he did not start.

``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 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 yards 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.

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