The Cincinnati Bengals are officially down to their third-string quarterback.
With Brandon Allen (knee) declared out, Ryan Finley will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Allen suffered a bone bruise last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys and Finley was put in to finish the game. This week, Finley has taken first-team reps during practice and the team also signed Kyle Shurmur to their practice squad as extra depth.
It’s unknown if Shurmur will be activated for the game, but Kevin Hogan, who was signed onto the practice squad the week after Joe Burrow’s injury, will definitely be active as Finley’s backup.
Allen and Logan Wilson (ankle) are the only two Bengals that have been declared out for Monday. Wilson was also injured last Sunday against the Cowboys and did not practice at all this week. This will give the trio of Akeem Davis-Gaither, Jordan Evans, and Markus Bailey more opportunities at linebacker.
Brandon Wilson (hamstring) was limited at practice this week but head coach Zac Taylor thinks he can play. Wilson missed last week after suffering his injury in Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins.
For the Steelers, RB James Conner (quadriceps) is questionable and LG Kevin Dotson (shoulder) is doubtful. Dotson was already the backup left guard, so the Steelers will likely have to rely on someone else to fill that spot.