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Aaron Smith to have neck surgery

Updated: October 24, 2011, 9:48 AM ET
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Aaron Smith needs neck surgery, putting the career of the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end in doubt.

The Steelers placed the 35-year-old Smith on injured reserve on Saturday. He hasn't played since injuring his foot Oct. 2 against Houston and the neck problem was discovered by doctors while he was out with that injury.

"He was experiencing some (neck) discomfort and pain," coach Mike Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday. "He thought it was a function of ...

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