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Domata Peko appears likely to play Sunday against the Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko missed Thursday's practice but appears to be getting ready for Friday. Provided that there are no setbacks, he should be good to go for Sunday against the Steelers.

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Despite missing his second practice in as many days, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko appears likely for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Peko spent Thursday's session working "vigorously on the side and it looks like" he'll be ready for Friday's practice, per Bengals.com beat writer Geoff Hobson. The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote that Peko did some "light drill work on the side".

Peko told reporters, following Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that he had suffered a hyperextended elbow. There was an MRI scheduled for Monday but it appears that nothing serious resulted from that (aka, complete lack of any updates are our guide on that one). It also appears that "swelling and soreness are the only real issues" that he seems "to be experiencing now."

Peko hasn't missed a game since battling knee injuries in the final five games of the regular season in 2009. He eventually returned against the Jets in the first round of the playoffs. Sunday's injury forced Peko to sit during the second half, with Brandon Thompson absorbing most of Peko's playing time. Thompson nearly scored a safety while disrupting a block from the Buccaneers two-yard line.