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Steelers Injury Report: Antonio Brown, Vince Williams and Sean Davis sit out a second day of practice on Thursday

Pittsburgh could be without two key players on defense this Sunday when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals

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It is looking increasingly likely that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be forced to take on the Cincinnati Bengals without the help of two key defensive starters in Week 17 after both Vince Williams and Sean Davis sat out a second day of practice on Thursday. With Antonio Brown a new injury concern on report having received a veteran rest day on Wednesday, his status for Sunday could also be in doubt.

In better news, James Conner was able to practice as a full participant for a second day in a row and there appears to be a good chance he will be medically cleared to play against the Bengals.

If Williams cannot go, he would be replaced in the lineup by L.T. Fort. If Davis is sidelined for the game, it is unclear if his spot would go to Morgan Burnett, Mike Hilton or even Marcus Allen or some combination of all three at various points in the game, with Burnett looking the most likely candidate to start in his absence.

While Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey returned from their veteran rest days, it was the turn to Ramon Foster to take his on Thursday and he should be expected back at practice tomorrow.

Despite concerns about a knee issue for Brown, his teammates appear confident he will be able to play on Sunday.