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Friday, September 13, 2013
Cortez Allen still sidelined by ankle injury

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers starting cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) missed practice for the third consecutive day, and the third-year man is unlikely to play Monday night in Cincinnati.

Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) won’t play against the Bengals after missing practice on Friday. Also not expected to play is tight end Heath Miller (knee), who was again a limited participant in practice.

The Steelers got some good news on the injury front when starting nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring) and kicker Shaun Suisham (hamstring) were able to practice fully after being limited on Thursday.

The Steelers signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham last Monday in case Suisham is unable to play against the Bengals. The Steelers don’t have to make a decision on Suisham’s availability until a couple of hours before kickoff on Monday night.

Cornerback Curtis Brown returned to practice after missing Thursday’s drills because of an illness.