Friday's walkthroughs are over and the Steelers have a good idea of who they will and will not have available for Sunday's AFC north showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
PGH status report: OUT_LB Garvin (knee), S Allen (ankle), QB Vick (hamstring), DE Tuitt (knee). PROBABLE_QB Ben (knee), C Wallace (illness).— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 30, 2015
Omitted from previous tweet: PROBABLE_CB Gay (shoulder). Also probable are non-injury related guys (LB Harrison, TE Miller, TE Spaeth)— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 30, 2015
Linebacker Terence Garvin had surgery earlier this week and was expected to be out, but the absence of safety Will Allen and Stephon Tuitt are blows to a Steelers defense that will need to be at its best this weekend.
Though the Steelers' have been able to cope with the absence of Will Allen thanks to the solid fill-in play of Robert Golden, they have yet to find an answer for Stephon Tuitt's injury.
The good news is that the Steelers' offensive captain, Ben Roethlisberger is probable, as well as his top two tight end options in Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth and the team's fill-in center, Cody Wallace.
The defense will be glad to see William Gay back after his injury from last week as he's the team's top cornerback. His absence would have exposed an even bigger problem for Pittsburgh at their weakest positional unit on the field.