Steelers Injury Report: CB Cortez Allen & TE Heath Miller Ruled Out Saturday For Bengals Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers released their final injury report for the week on Saturday and it shows three players being listed as out.

Cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle), tight end Heath Miller (knee) and running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) were all listed as out on Saturday and they will not play Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Allen, who failed to practice all week because of an ankle injury suffered last Sunday in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, will be replaced by William Gay in the starting lineup. In addition, rookie safety Shamarko Thomas is expected to see a lot of time in the slot as a big nickel sub package defender Monday night.

The Steelers also listed cornerback Curtis Brown (illness) as doubtful after he was limited on Saturday. Brown had practiced fully on Friday after sitting out Thursday.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring) and kicker Shaun Suisham (hamstring) are both listed as probable after practicing fully for a second day in a row.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Haha okay this sucks. While I know Shamarko will do good at slot, I WAS hoping it would be a last resort. You don’t want your best back-up safety to play cornerback, especially in this game.

  • Rob H

    Losing Allen hurts, especially with their tight ends, I’m guessing they’ll have to put Timmons on Eifert a lot.

  • Jeff

    Well this is crappy news.. Not all that surprising though I guess

  • NW86

    Ouch, that’s really tough on the secondary. So no question Blake dresses this week I guess. Maybe they even call Green up from the practice squad too? Or maybe not, with Shamarko and Golden both able to play some CB in a pinch.

  • Mike Sweeney

    does suck. another kick to the pills

  • Jazz

    The DB’s drafted under Colbert’s watch have been Pathetic!

  • steeltown

    I sure hope they call up Green, jesus no ones behind Ike and Gay except Safeties

  • steeltown

    Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen are far from pathetic.. and all were drafted in either the 3rd or 4th Rd

  • steeltown

    Great {sarcasm}

    I sure hope they plan to bring up Isaiah Green for this contest

  • Gautama Om

    What’s really crappy is we have no reliable back up at CB. Again, I reiterate that the main problem is with this complex defensive system. Defensive players have to overcome 2 things: 1)learning the skills to be a viable NFL starter and 2) learning a complex system. Well obstacle #1 is enough to disqualify most players and this Steelers team feels it’s important to tack on obstacle #2 on top of that to decrease the odds from low almost zilch. Even when we do get “adequate” replacements (vs. “good”) they usually have to ride the pine for 1-3 years which greatly diminishes the value of a rookie since the whole reason to build from within is to get productive rookies/sophomores while they are still inexpensive during their first contract. The complex defensive scheme diminishes the value of getting production out of drafted players during their 1st contract and greatly increases odds of bust potential as well.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Looks like we’ll see our safeties shadowing Gresham/Eifert. Oof, it really sucks having Allen out. I don’t want Gay covering anyone except Sanu.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The only problem I have with your assessment is that our defense plays at a high level every year. If we were in the bottom half them to me it would be valid but we never are.

  • Bell Cow

    Can one the DB coaches such as Carnell Lake or Rod Woodson play?

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I think we will be seeing both Shamarko and Robert Golden a lot more than we think. We need Timmons where he is, not wasted on pass coverage especially with Kion Wilson’s first start.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Even curtis brown is considered as a special team ace, he can be in dime packages. The talent pool has big dip, just because our first two cornerbacks are that good doesn’t mean the next guy after Willie Gay can’t come in and play in dime packages.

    Curtis brown, truly is more of a safety than cornerback but we shall see!

  • Nolrog

    Good value there. Colbert has done pretty well in the 3rd round and later. Too bad he can’t draft worth a s**t in the first and second rounds though.

  • Rob H

    I know Shamarko will be playing a lot in the nickel, but Eifert is like 6-6, I’m not sure you want Shamarko at 5-9 doing a lot of one on one w/ him, Timmons already drops into coverage quite a bit to cover TE’s and RB’s. I’m not sure how tall Golden is, but I suppose he is an option.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Its not about how big you are; its how big you play. Polamalu is literally only an inch taller, while I’m not puting Shamarko into same category as Polamalu yet, but don’t be surprised if Shamarko can make an impact. As I watched ND vs Bama last Jan, Eifert’s ball security is an issue and if I’m Shamarko, I’m going to use that.

  • steeltown

    Casey Hampton, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller, Lawrence Timmons, Lamar Woodley, Santonio Holmes, Maurkice Pouncey, Jarvis Jones…not too shabby IMO….the jury is still out on Heyward, Adams, Decastro and Bell