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Steelers Injury Report: All hands on deck as Pittsburgh prepares for the Bengals Sunday

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had all players practice Thursday in some capacity. A great sign for the team as they approach a huge game against the Bengals this Sunday.

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Suggesting the Week 14 game against the Cincinnati Bengals is a big game doesn't quite give it justice for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This game is huge. No other way around it. If the Steelers are able to leave the Queen City with their 8th win, it would go a long way towards their efforts of securing an AFC Wild Card spot, and their second consecutive playoff berth.

Wednesday, the team's first practice of the week, saw Heath Miller (ribs), William Gay (concussion), Matt Spaeth (knee) and James Harrison (maintenance day) all miss practice. On Thursday it was all hands on deck for the black and gold as they welcomed all players back to practice in some capacity.

Miller's return to the field, even as a limited participant, is great news for the veteran tight end and the team as Spaeth's knee injury continues to linger. Having Miller and rookie Jesse James available would likely be the best-case scenario for the Steelers against the Bengals, in terms of the tight end position.

The defense also got good news as it was reported William Gay cleared concussion protocol and was a full participant. Joining Gay on the field in full was linebacker Sean Spence, who has been nursing a hamstring injury which held him out of the Week 13 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Steelers have plenty on the line this Sunday, but so do the Bengals. A win and they clinch a postseason berth and the AFC North division title. Pittsburgh looks to delay the celebration a week with a win in Paul Brown Stadium Sunday.