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Report: Steelers DE Smith will not play Sunday

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By PFW staff

The only chance the Steelers have of DE Aaron Smith playing this season is if they beat the Jets Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl.

The 12-year veteran will not play in the AFC championship game, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Smith was limited in practice this week but he said he did no team drills.

Smith tore his triceps in the Week Seven win over the Dolphins and has not played since.

The way we see it

This is not a surprise, but the Steelers have been hopeful for his return considering they never placed him on injured reserve. Smith is the team's strong-side run stuffer and a key to the league's top run defense. While the Steelers haven't suffered much without him, he would certainly help against the Jets' strong running duo of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene.

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