The Pittsburgh Steelers finished up their Week 3 preparation as they are set to host the Cincinnati Bengals in the first AFC North matchup of the season this Sunday. In the final injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, three players have been ruled out for Sunday’s game with T.J. Watt being listed as questionable.
After exiting their Week 2 game in the second quarter with a groin injury, T.J. Watt has been limited in practice every day this week. Getting in some work has been a positive, but Watt needs to be able to go all out in order to get on the field Sunday. He is officially listed as questionable for the game and will see if his injury allows him to play prior to kickoff.
Ben Roethlisberger returned as a full participant in practice on Friday after being limited on Thursday with a pectoral injury. Since he was a full participant in practice, Roethlisberger carries no injury status for Sunday and is fully expected to be the Steelers starter when they face the Bengals at 1 PM at Heinz Field.
Three players have been ruled out for the game on Sunday. Outside linebacker Alex Highsmith did not practice all week due to a groin injury and will not play. With T.J. Watt also being questionable, it will be Melvin Ingram, Jamir Jones, and possibly as many as two players from the practice squad called up into duty for Sunday’s game.
Wide receiver Diontae Johnson has also been ruled out for this Sunday’s matchup either the Bengals. The Steelers leading receiver, Johnson’s snaps will likely go to James Washington.
The final player who has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game is defensive tackle Carlos Davis. Missing last week with a knee injury, this will be the second straight week of Davis being sidelined with his injury.
As for all the other players who have been on the injury report earlier this week due to injury, all practiced on Friday and do not carry an injury designation. This includes Joe Haden, Devin Bush, Justin Layne, and Marcus Allen.
As for the Bengals’ injury report, you can see the names below courtesy of Steelers.com. The Bengals have three players listed as doubtful, including wide receiver Tee Higgins. Former Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton landed on Friday’s injury report with a chest injury, but he carries no injury designation.
Cincinnati Bengals Participation/Injury Report, Week 3
WR Tee Higgins (Shoulder) - Doubtful
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Knee) - Doubtful
CB Trae Waynes (Hamstring) - Doubtful
Friday, September 24
WR Tee Higgins (Shoulder) - Limited
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Knee) - DNP
DT Josh Tupou (NIR-Personal) - Full
CB Trae Waynes (Hamstring) - Limited
DT Larry Ogunjobi (Groin) - Full
CB Darius Phillips (NIR - Rest) - Full
CB Mike Hilton (Chest) - Limited
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