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Sprained knee ligament to sit DE Smith for first time since rookie year

Updated: October 26, 2007, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Defensive end Aaron Smith has been one of the Pittsburgh Steelers' most dependable players since his rookie season in 1999, rarely overpowered at the line of scrimmage or caught in a mismatch against a superior player.

The problem is Smith can't produce if he's not on the field and, for the first time since his rookie year, he won't be there Sunday in Cincinnati. Smith did not practice all week because of a sprained ligament in his left knee and won't play in the key AFC North ...

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