|Armstrong out for playoffs with ruptured groin
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 reinjured 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.'' A giant, dark purple bruise on his upper right leg told it all. "It's disappointing because he's a true warrior,'' Raiders coach Bill Callahan said. "He will be sorely missed. He was coming back into his own and it's really unfortunate this injury has occurred. We feel terrible about it.'' The Raiders have carried nine defensive linemen on their active roster all season. Defensive tackle Junior Ioane and defensive end Kenyon Coleman will be called upon in Armstrong's absence. Earlier this season, Armstrong went from being used in spot situations as a pass-rushing specialist to a starter in a matter of weeks. He finally felt like his timing was coming back after being sidelined last season. Armstrong originally hurt the groin in a Dec. 15 loss at Miami, but he played in the Raiders' 24-0 win over Kansas City in the regular-season finale. "It was an injury I had prior to going into (Sunday's) game, and I was just trying to manage it,'' he said. "It was a partial tear before I started, and now it's a complete one.'' Armstrong said he will help the defense prepare for the Titans this week by breaking down game film. The Raiders signed safety Keyon Nash to the 53-man roster to take Armstrong's spot. They also signed defensive end David Warren and tackle Joe Wong to the practice squad. Armstrong finished the season with 20 tackles, four sacks, an interception, two pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He started eight games. He led the AFC in sacks two years ago for Miami, where he played for six seasons. He recorded his 100th sack in a win Nov. 11 at Denver.