Steelers missing top 2 running backs vs Bengals

The Steelers were missing their top two running backs and two

offensive linemen Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles tendon) and Isaac Redman (ankle)

were inactive, a setback to the NFL’s 31st-ranked running game. In

addition, rookie Mike Adams made his first start at right tackle

for Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and Doug Legursky started for center

Maurkice Pouncey (knee).

Safety Troy Polamalu (calf) was inactive for the fourth time in

five games.

The Bengals also were thin at running back with Brian Leonard

active because of bruised ribs. Receiver Armon Binns was out with a

sprained ankle, giving Brandon Tate a chance to start. The Bengals

gave rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick another game off, recovering

from a knee injury over the summer.