The Steelers wrapped up practice preparations on Friday for their week 10 game this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Cincinnati. The Friday injury report is out and it shows that linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and wide receiver Arnaz Battle (hamstring) are all listed as out as expected. Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (knee), linebacker James Farrior (knee), guard Doug Legursky (toe), safety Troy Polamalu (rib), linebacker Stevenson Sylvester and wide receiver Hines Ward (head) all practiced fully on Friday and all are listed as probable on the Friday injury report. Polamalu had missed the last two practices, but as I reported yesterday, the injury to the ribs is one that he has been dealing with for several weeks and it was never a threat to keep him from playing this week. Linebacker James Harrison (toe) was limited for a second straight practice after being added to the injury report on Thursday, but he too is listed as probable and will indeed play on Sunday. With Sanders and Battle both out this week, the Steelers might decide to promote wide receiver Tyler Grisham from the practice squad on Saturday.
For the Bengals on Friday, defensive end Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) tried it at Friday’s practice and are questionable for Sunday\’s game. Cornerback Adam Jones (hamstring) is going to sit out another week with his hamstring and is doubtful. Tight end Donald Lee (foot) is out and so that probably means Gresham will likely give it a go Sunday. Linebacker Rey Maualuga (ankle) is probable after missing the last three games. He has been limited all week. Also probable after working fully on Friday following limited practices all week are outside linebacker Thomas Howard (hamstring), right tackle Andre Smith (toe) and wide receiver Andre Caldwell (groin). Running back Brian Leonard (knee) has been limited all week and is questionable. Cornerback Nate Clements and safety Chris Crocker (knee) are both probable and will play.