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Defensive lineman looks like game-time decision

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England defensive lineman Richard Seymour will not start in Sunday's AFC title game against the
Pittsburgh Steelers because of a left knee injury, though he might
play as a substitute.

"We'll see where he is," coach Bill Belichick said Friday
before the team's flight to Pittsburgh. "Maybe he can give us some
situational play during the game."

Seymour, one of two Patriots on the All-Pro team, remained on
the injury report as questionable, meaning there was a 50 percent
chance he would not play.


Belichick wouldn't specify how much he might use Seymour, who is in the fourth week of a recovery from a medial collateral knee ligament injury that takes between three to six weeks to heal.

The only other Patriots reported as
injured were linebacker Ted Johnson, who was probable with the flu,
and fullback Patrick Pass, who was questionable with a sore ankle.

Starting cornerbacks Ty Law and Tyrone Poole finished the season on injured reserve.

Seymour was injured in the Dec. 26 victory over the New York Jets and missed the last game of the regular season and the
Patriots' first playoff game, a 20-3 victory over the Indianapolis
Colts last week.

Information from ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton and The Associated Press was used in this report.