Armstrong out for AFC title game

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 10:25 p.m.
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Oakland Raiders defensive end Trace Armstrong was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a ruptured groin, ending his successful comeback season.
Armstrong will miss Sunday's AFC championship game against the Tennessee Titans, and he won't play if the Raiders advance to the Super Bowl.
The 37-year-old Armstrong re-injured his right groin in a drill while warming up before Oakland's 30-10 win over the New York Jets last Sunday, and he played for one snap during the Jets' first offensive series. He had an MRI test on Monday.
Armstrong missed most of last season with a ruptured right Achilles' tendon, but had developed into an integral part of the Raiders' revamped defense this season.
"I really don't have words to describe it right now," he said Wednesday. "It's frustrating with where this team is and the opportunities we have. You'd like to be there to help and be a part of it, but this game is nine-tenths misery. That's why you've got to enjoy the high moments because there are usually a lot more bad ones than good ones."

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