The Pittsburgh Steelers go back to .500 with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, but they had to do so without a number of starters. Six of the Steelers' seven inactive players for the night were because of injury, including Troy Polamalu, Isaac Redman, Rashard Mendenhall and Maurkice Pouncey. Their status for Week 8 is still unknown this early in the week.
On a team that ranked 31st in the league in rushing, the Steelers were without their two leading rushers, Mendenall and his backup Redman. Mendenhall's status is still questionable for Week 8 after suffering an Achilles injury a week ago. Redman, who suffered a knee injury in that same game against Tennessee, is also still questionable for Week 8 meaning that Jonathan Dwyer could be called upon to lead the running attack again after his 122-yard game against the Bengals.
The offensive line also missed Pouncey, the starting center was a game-time decision with a right leg injury he suffered in Week 6 and did not end up playing. Doug Legursky filled in at center along with Mike Adams, who played right tackle for the injured Marcus Gilbert, who is doubtful to play next week and could still need time to rehab his injured ankle.
Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu is still sidelined by a calf injury and his status for Week 8 remains unclear.
The Steelers will hope that some of the inactive starters listed as questionable in Week 7 will be able to return when they host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Heinz Field.