Steelers Injury Report: Tomlin optimistic on Cortez Allen, Le'Veon Bell playing against Vikings

Karl Walter

It appears early in the week the Steelers will be at full strength, including the returns of Cortez Allen and Le'Veon Bell.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in his Tuesday press conference he's optimistic cornerback Cortez Allen, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, will play when Pittsburgh takes on the Minnesota Vikings in London in Week 4.

William Gay has been playing in Allen's place since he was injured during the Steelers' Week 1 loss to Tennessee. The Steelers have played reasonably well against the pass but have yet to register a takeaway.

Tomlin also mentioned he thinks running back Le'Veon Bell will making his career debut at Wembley Stadium. The Steelers' second round pick has been sidelined with a foot injury since Pittsburgh's second preseason game Aug. 19 against Washington.

The Steelers ran a bit better in Week 3 than they had the first two weeks, but it's still a far cry from league average. How much action Bell would see, if he does play, will be a topic of conversation heading into the game. Jonathan Dwyer was impressive in pass protection in Week 3, and considering the state of the banged-up Vikings secondary, they may look to throw the ball a bit more.

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