Nov 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) reacts during player introductions against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Injuries have have been a big reason the Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled throughout the 2013 season, but they may be the healthiest they’ve been when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. The Week 2 matchup between the two AFC North rivals play without tight end Heath Miller, running back Le’veon Bell and center Maurkice Pouncey (tore ACL previous week).
But Bell and Miller are healthy now and playing significant roles on offense, and the two most notable players dealing with injuries may be able to play vs. Cincinnati. Defensive end Brett Keisel has played in just one of the Steelers’ past four games because of plantar fasciitis.
Head Tomlin said the 12th-year veteran underwent an extensive workout on Monday and the Steelers will continue to monitor his progress. Keisel is in the final year of his contract, and in his 12th NFL season at 35 years old, it will probably be his last as a Steeler.