As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to play a one-game playoff for the AFC North crown against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night at Heinz Field, Troy Polamalu (knee) and Ike Taylor's (shoulder/forearm) availability will most likely come down to a game-time decision.
Both veterans have been listed on the final injury report as questionable for the Sunday Night Football game. If Polamalu is unable to play for the second consecutive week, Will Allen will make yet another start in his absence. Taylor hasn't factored into the lineup since returning from his broken forearm, but could have seen game action if deemed healthy heading into Week 17.
Joining Polamalu and Taylor as questionable is reserve tight end Michael Palmer who suffered a groin injury this week and was used in Matt Spaeth's absence last week vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
Listed as probable for the Steelers are Kelvin Beachum (lower back), Spaeth (hyper-extended elbow) and Vince Williams (ankle). All players who missed practice for non-injury related issues are all listed as probably and are expected to play Sunday.
For the Bengals, A.J. Green is listed as probable after suffering an injury to his upper arm on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. Cornerback Adam Jones, safety Reggie Nelson and cornerback Terrence Newman are all listed as questionable.