Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/18/12
One of the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers this week as they prepare for their AFC North battle against the Cincinnati Bengals, is who exactly will be available. Injury wise, the battered Steelers are in rough shape.

The team has already announced they will be without at least two starters for the Sunday Night tilt, as safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (foot) have already been ruled out of the contest, along with back-up outside linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring). While there is no timetable on a return for either Polamalu or Gilbert, neither injury seems to be season ending, although they could be nagging throughout the season. 

Three other contributors missed practice today and their status is up in the air at best. Center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), running backs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and leading rusher Isaac Redman (knee) were all on the sidelines, and have been listed in the day-to-day category by head coach Mike Tomlin. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons also did not practice, but at this point he looks like he should be available.

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