For the Bengals, Ja’Marr Chase has been ruled out due to his shoulder injury, which may also sideline him next week vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
The good news is Chase will be the only player with a game designation for the Bengals, as everyone else is good to go this week. That includes Alex Cappa (ankle), Chase Brown (chest), and Cameron Sample (knee/ankle), who were briefly limited in practice this week.
As for the Steelers, Kenny Pickett (ankle) has been ruled out, while head coach Mike Tomlin announced Mason Rudolph will start vs. the Bengals. Mitch Trubisky will be the backup.
With Kenny Pickett officially OUT vs. Bengals, Mason Rudolph will start and Mitch Trubisky will be the back up, per Tomlin.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 21, 2023
The Steelers also ruled out Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) and Trenton Thompson (neck), so that’s two more safeties out for Pittsburgh.
Backup defensive back Elijah Riley is questionable to play as he recovers from an ankle injury that landed him on IR, but he was cleared to begin practicing this week and could be activated to the 53-man roster ahead of Saturday.