Bobby Hart (knee) will not play after not practicing for the entire week. The Bengals aren’t announcing who will start for Hart at right tackle until Sunday, but it seems like Hakeem Adeniji will take over if Fred Johnson does not come off of the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.
Joe Mixon (foot) is listed as DOUBTFUL, but did not practice all week and probably won’t play. Giovani Bernard will make his third-straight start if Mixon remains sidelined.
The Bengals will also now have to deal with both Darius Phillips (groin) and LeShaun Sims (concussion) being unable to play on Sunday. This currently leaves them with three healthy cornerbacks on the active roster. Sims suffered his concussion during Thursday’s practice.
Tony Brown should be expected to start for Phillips at left cornerback, and Jalen Davis may have to be elevated from the practice squad if fellow practice squad cornerbacks Winston Rose and/or Brian Allen are not taken off the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.
Geno Atkins will also not play as he is dealing with an undisclosed family issue. He missed practice all week because of it. John Ross III (foot) is also out this week.
Jonah Williams (stinger) is listed as questionable, but after practicing in some capacity for the entire week, he can be expected to play.
The Steelers have a few players listed as questionable as well. CB Mike Hilton (shoulder) has been limited at practice since Thursday along with DE Isaiah Buggs (ankle). RB Anthony McFarland and Kevin Dotson are also both questionable with illness. McFarland missed Thursday and Friday’s practices, and Dotson missed Friday’s practice.
DE Tyson Alualu (knee) practiced in full on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday, so he’ll be set to play.