The Bengals will need all the help they can get in defending Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who leads the league in catches (48) and receiving yards (700). Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green is second in receiving years, nearly 200 behind Brown with 504.
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In addition to Jones and Smith, safety Clayton Fejedelem (hamstring) and wide receiver John Ross (knee) were listed as limited. It’s the second consecutive practice Ross has been limited after not playing since Week 2.
He said Monday
he is hopeful of playing in Pittsburgh
, but until he's a full participant in practice it seems unlikely the Bengals would play him in a game.
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The only players on the 53-man roster who were not dressed for practice were wide receiver Tyler Boyd and H-back Ryan Hewitt, both of whom have knee injuries and are not expected to play Sunday.
The Bengals will release their practice report detailing which players were full participants and which were limited later this afternoon.
Five Steelers starters missed practice Wednesday, including three offensive linemen in left guard Ramon Foster, right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and center Maurkice Pouncey (chest).
Starting linebacker Vince Williams (hip) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) also sat out.