The Bengals picked the worst stretch of games in the 2011 season to head into with a lot of players on their injury report. Not only have they lost Leon Hall for the season, but Carlos Dunlap has missed games with a hamstring injury and A.J. Green was too banged up to play against the Ravens. Then, as the Bengals prepared to face the Steelers for the second time this season, Nate Clements, the team's other starting cornerback, was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. He was a game-time decision and the decision is that he will not play in Week 13.
Joining Clements on the sideline will be defensive end Carlos Dunlap, defensive tackle Pat Sims, linebacker Dontay Moch, guard Clint Boling, tight end Donald Lee and wide receiver Ryan Whalen. Cedric Benson, who missed two practices this week, is active against the Steelers.
Due to Clements' injury and the fact that the secondary is short another man, rookie safety Robert Sands will be active for the first time this season. Adam Jones and Kelly Jennings will be the team's starting cornerbacks.
The Steelers, for the second time this season, are healthier than the Bengals heading into their matchup. Safety Troy Polamalu, who missed practice this week, will be starting against the Bengals as will offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey and linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The Steelers will be without wide receiver Arnaz Battle, quarterback Dennis Dixon, linebacker Chris Carter, guard Jamon Meredith, defensive tackle Chris Hoke, linebacker Larry Foote and defensive end Al Woods.