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Bengals vs. Steelers: Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen probable

The Steelers will face the Bengals' tough passing attack with a battered secondary on Sunday, but they do expect to have Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen available.

Tom Pennington

Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerbacks Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen both practiced on Friday, and are probable for Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Lewis left last week's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a hip injury. Dave Bryan at Steelers Depot expressed concerns that Lewis, despite being listed as probable, has been limited in practice all week. Allen, meanwhile, did not play against Dallas because of a groin injury, but has been somewhat less limited in practice this week.

The young defensive backs have recently been required to take on a greater workload since veteran corner Ike Taylor has missed Pittsburgh's last two games with an ankle injury. Taylor will miss a third straight game on Sunday.

Allen, and possibly Lewis, will be largely responsible for covering Cincinnati's A.J. Green, who leads the NFL in touchdown receptions this season, with 11. Despite their banged up secondary, the Steelers allow the fewest passing yards per game in the league (180.6).

In addition to Lewis and Allen, safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related) and cornerback Curtis Brown (knee) are listed as probable.

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