Thursday Injury/Practice Report: Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates with Andrew Whitworth #77 and Anthony Collins #73 after scoring a touchdown during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bengals 34-20. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

As the Bengals close in on their most important game of the season so far, against the (6-3) Steelers in Cincinnati, their practice reports aren't necessarily something that we are encouraged by. A season high 11 players are on the list and some of those players are crucial to the team's early-season success. Jermaine Gresham missed practice on Thursday after he had a limited practice on Wednesday. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap missed his second straight practice as did tight end Donald Lee. Both safety Chris Crocker and cornerback Nate Clements returned to practice fully on Thursday, though.

For the Steelers, who probably view this game as being just as important as the Bengals do, have still missed having Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley on the field yet this week as they both missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Linebacker James Harrison was also limited in practice on Thursday.

Here is each team's Thursday practice report.

BENGALS WED THUR FRI STATUS
WR Andre Caldwell (groin) LP LP
 
CB Nate Clements (knee) DNP FP  
S Chris Crocker (knee) DNP FP
 
DE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) DNP DNP 

TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) LP DNP

LB Thomas Howard (hamstring) LP LP

CB Adam Jones (hamstring) LP DNP 

TE Donald Lee (foot) DNP DNP 

RB Brian Leonard (knee) DNP LP 

LB Rey Maualuga (ankle) LP LP 

T Andre Smith (toe) LP LP 

Steelers WED THUR FRI STATUS
WR Arnaz Battle (hamstring) DNP DNP 

WR Jerricho Cotchery (knee) DNP FP
 
LB James Farrior (calf)  FP FP 
 
G Doug Legursky (toe) FP FP 

S Troy Polamalu (rib) DNP DNP 

WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) DNP DNP 

LB Stevenson Sylvester (knee) DNP FP 

WR Hines Ward (head) FP FP 

LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) DNP DNP 

LB James Harrison (toe) -- LP

DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation

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