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Friday update: PBS sold out for Steelers; Jones tries but doubtful along with Maualuga, Gresham

Updated: 2:30 p.m.

The Bengals Nov. 13 game at Paul Brown Stadium against Pittsburgh has been declared a sellout, the club's ticket office announced Friday. The sellout breaks a seven-game local TV blackout skein with a 1 p.m. date on CBS affiliates Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

Tickets remain for the regular-season's final four PBS games on Nov. 27 against Cleveland, Dec. 11 against Houston, Dec. 24 against Arizona, and Jan. 1 against Baltimore. They can be purchased by phone through the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 513-621-8383 (TDTD) or online at

JONES DOUBTFUL: Cornerback Adam Jones tried to practice Friday morning on his injured hamstring for the first time this week and said before the workout at Paul Brown Stadium "if it feels decent, I'll play," after some counsel from Deion Sanders in a Thursday phone call.

But Jones, along with the sidelined middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (ankle) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) were all ruled doubtful for Sunday's game (4:05 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) in Tennessee.

Head coach Marvin Lewis had no comment on Jones's practice and asked if it would be a game-time decision he said, "For your purposes." He said the upcoming Bengals schedule of four straight AFC North games bookended by the Steelers has nothing to do with the decisions.

Sanders, the Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback who recommended Jones to Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, texts Jones every morning and on Thursday they talked.

"Yeah, we talked about what I ought to do Sunday and he pretty much said the same thing I said the other day: don't be a hero," said Jones, who pulled up after his 63-yard punt return last Sunday. "But if it feels good, I'm playing."

One of the things Jones has his eye on is the Bengals 2011 interceptions championship belt that cornerback Nate Clements had especially made for the secondary by Top Rope Belt, a glittering orange thing that Jones grabbed from safety Reggie Nelson's locker before practice so could model it.

"It's Reggie's for now," Clements said of the man that scored his first NFL touchdown last Sunday on a 75-yard interception return.

Nelson and cornerback Leon Hall each have one pick, but Nelson had the last one. Clements said he put the order in during training camp after getting the idea last year in San Francisco, where linebacker Travis LaBoy came up with a sack belt.

"I'm going to win it," said Jones, who has yet to get a shot at an interception on defense.

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