Steelers Injury Report: Cortez Allen misses second day of practice

Justin K. Aller

Steelers look to be hit with depth questions at the cornerback position early in the 2013 season. Allen missed extensive time in training camp with a knee injury, and now looks to be sidelined with an ankle injury.

With a game scheduled for Monday night, it might be possible for Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen to use that extra day to help heal his balky ankle.

The pace he's on, he'll certainly need the extra time. The Steelers' third year player missed his second straight day of practice, leading to fairly long odds he'll suit up and play Monday when the Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 Monday night.

If Allen is unable to go, William Gay, who replaced him mid-game in Week 1 when he initially sustained the injury, will start, with either Curtis Brown or Shamarko Thomas filling in for Gay in the nickel position.

Brown missed Thursday's practice with an illness, but he returned Friday.

Tight end Heath Miller was limited in practice for the second consecutive day, casting shadows of doubt he'll return to the field for his first game since tearing an ACL against the Bengals in Week 16 of the 2012 season.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon and kicker Shaun Suisham were both limited in the team's first practice of the week, but both returned fully Friday.

Le'Veon Bell, who's also expected to miss the next few games, did not practice.

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