The Pittsburgh Steelers are shorthanded after an ugly incident against Cleveland on Monday left center Maurkice Pouncey suspended for two games but need to come together to make a run at a playoff spot. The Steelers will try to push above .500 when they visit the winless Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
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Pouncey was handed a suspension by the NFL for his role in a incident between Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett, leaving an already shaky Steelers offense without one of its anchors. Pittsburgh, which will play four of its final six games on the road, is one game out of the final wild card spot in the AFC and had a four-game winning streak come to an end when it dropped a 21-7 decision at Cleveland on Nov. 14, with the late-game fight providing an extra black eye to the performance. The Bengals haven't had many performances to celebrate this season and own the NFL's lone winless record and pole position for the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley made his second start last week but struggled while going 13-of-31 for 115 yards and an interception in the 17-10 loss to Oakland.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Steelers -6.5 O/U: 38.5
ABOUT THE STEELERS (5-5): Pittsburgh could be missing one of its best playmakers on offense Sunday with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster unlikely to play while battling a knee injury and trying to recover from a concussion suffered last week. Rudolph put up solid numbers during the four-game winning streak but threw four interceptions against the Browns and the entire offense is feeling the pressure. "We've just got to execute," running back Jaylen Samuels told reporters. "When they send pressure on third down, we just got to pick it up with our pass protection. Guys, receivers got to make tough catches. Mason got to make great throws. Everybody's got to execute. That's the main thing."
ABOUT THE BENGALS (0-10): Cincinnati is 30th in the NFL in scoring at an average of 14.7 points and failed to reach 20 points in any of the last five games. Finley is completing 47.5 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions through his first two games but figures to hold the starting job the rest of the way as the team checks out a bigger sample size. "There are going to be ups and downs with any young quarterback," Bengals coach Zac Taylor told the team's website. "He didn't go to training camp as the starter. He didn't get starter reps until the last few weeks and I feel we continue to see growth in a lot of different areas with him."
1. Bengals LT Cordy Glenn (concussion) could make his season debut Sunday.
2. Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is questionable.
3. Pittsburgh owns a nine-game winning streak in the series, including a 27-3 home victory on Sept. 30 and a playoff win during the 2015 season.
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Key Players to Watch
- AchillesI-R | I-R
Uzomah has hit the injured reserve list a torn right Achilles.
- Personalday-to-day | questionable
Sims has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a personal matter, and it is undetermined if he will take the field against the Eagles during Week 3.
- Calfday-to-day | questionable
Williams has missed the last two games with a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Week 3 against the Eagles.
- Shoulderday-to-day | questionable
Atkins has sat out the past two games due to a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Eagles in Week 3.
- Groinday-to-day | questionable
Daniels was held out of the previous game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Week 3 versus the Eagles.
- KneeProb Thurs | probable
Bullock is dealing with a knee injury, but he is expected to be in Thursday's lineup versus the Browns.
- CalfProb Thurs | probable
Bullock was unavailable for the previous game after straining both of his calves, but he is likely to face the Browns on Thursday.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Higgins is bothered by a hamstring injury, but it is anticipated that he will face the Chargers on Sunday.
- Kneeday-to-day | questionable
DeCastro has sat out the previous two games with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Texans in Week 3.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Banner is on the injured reserve list with a torn right ACL.
- PectoralOut indefinitely | I-R
Wisniewski has hit the injured reserve list with a pectoral injury, and there is no timetable for return.
- AchillesProb Sun | probable
Tuitt is dealing with an Achilles injury, but it is anticipated that he will be available against the Broncos on Sunday.
- IllnessProb Sun | probable
Villanueva is recuperating from his illness, indicating that he will be good to go for Sunday's tilt versus the Broncos.
- PectoralProb Sun | probable
Hargrave missed the last game with a minor pectoral strain, but he will probably be available for Sunday's contest against the Rams.
- HamstringOut indefinitely | I-R
Bell has been moved to the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain how much time he will need to heal.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Conner exited the last game with a left ankle sprain, but it is anticipated he will line up Sunday versus the Broncos.