The Steelers got their second practice of the week out of the way on Thursday in preparation to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a big AFC North game. The Thursday injury report is out and it shows as expected that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee), wide receiver Arnaz Battle (hamstring) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) all were out again today. Sanders is recovering after having his knee scoped and Woodley is still fighting back from the hamstring injury suffered against the Patriots. Safety Troy Polamalu (rib) also did not practice for a second straight day with his rib injury, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery both returned on Thursday after sitting out practice yesterday. Wide receiver Hines Ward (head), guard Doug Legursky (toe) and linebacker James Farrior (calf) all practiced fully for a second straight day. Linebacker James Harrison (toe ) was added to the injury report today after being limited with a toe injury. It is not expected to keep him out of the game this week.
For the Bengals on Thursday, tight end Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) and cornerback Adam Jones (hamstring) both did not practice after being limited on Wednesday. Tight end Donald Lee (foot) and defensive end Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) both did not practice for a second straight day. Wide receiver Andre Caldwell (groin), linebacker Thomas Howard (hamstring), linebacker Rey Maualuga (ankle) and tackle Andre Smith (toe) were all limited again on Thursday. Cornerback Nate Clements (knee) and safety Chris Crocker (knee) were back practicing fully after sitting out Wednesday. Also practicing limited on Thursday was running back Brian Leonard (knee) after sitting out yesterday.