- Defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow (thigh)
- Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (concussion)
- Wide receiver A.J. Green (ankle)
- Cornerback Darius Phillips (knee IR)
- Defensive end Kerry Wynn (concussion)
- Defensive end Carl Lawson (hamstring)
We knew players like Green would be out pretty early on in the week. The team is still waiting for Green to get back to 100 percent before they put their star receiver back on the field.
There was some hope that Glenn may be making some progress in the concussion protocol after he was spotted with a helmet during practice this week. Unfortunately that was not the case. Glenn hasn’t appeared in a single regular season game after suffering his concussion during the preseason, which is worrying when a concussion lingers for that long.
A notable return will be B.W. Webb to his nickel corner position. The timing couldn’t be better after Darius Phillips was placed on injured reserve (with the hopes of returning after eight weeks). Pittsburgh will likely be deploying plenty of three wide receiver sets so Webb being able to go should be a huge help.
The depth at defensive end is also concerning. Last week, we saw Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard (both of which appeared on the injury report at some point this week) a vast majority of the defensive snaps. We saw the consequence of that late in the game against the Bills as Dunlap and Hubbard were both visibly exhausted during the last few drives.
Without Kerry Wynn and Carl Lawson (listed as doubtful but didn’t practice all week), Cincinnati will have to rely on Andrew Brown to play extended snaps to try and keep Hubbard and Dunlap fresh.
Another notable return appears to be Michael Jordan, the rookie left guard. Earlier in the week it appeared as if the team was going to give former first round pick Billy Price another shot at starting at left guard after performing pretty well in Jordan’s absence, but it appears as though Jordan will be taking his spot back. We will see if the Bengals decide to split up the snaps at that position during the game.
As for the Steelers, they’ll be without linebacker Vince Williams and fullback Roosevelt Nix, while tight end Vance McDonald is doubtful to play. That’s three significant losses for the Steelers, especially on offense.