PITTSBURGH -- Strong safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor are listed as questionable for Sunday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that will determine the AFC North champion.
Polamalu and Taylor were each limited in practice Friday, and the former ducked out of the Steelers' locker room as reporters started to migrate toward his locker. Will Allen, who played in place of Polamalu last Sunday, said he always prepares as if he is going to start, making this week no different than any other for the 11th-year veteran.
"Hopefully Troy will be ready to go but we'll see what happens," Allen said following the Steelers' final practice of the week. "I'm always prepared, always ready."
Polamalu (knee) and Taylor (shoulder, forearm) have each missed the last two games.
Taylor said he is "day to day" and added that he will wait to hear from coach Mike Tomlin regarding his role -- if he has one -- Sunday night against the Bengals.
Taylor has not played since giving up an 81-yard touchdown catch to Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green in the AFC North rivals' first meeting. Taylor, who took himself out of that game at the end of the third quarter, said he is fine with giving way to the younger players who have been lining up at cornerback.
"It's like playing quarterback, you've got to be in a groove," Taylor said. "We've been doing good so far so let the young guys roll. [Tomlin] is the head man so the head man makes the last and final decisions regardless of how I feel. That's what they're paying him to do is make executive decisions."
Reserve tight end Michael Palmer (groin) is questionable on the Steelers' final injury report. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (back), linebacker Vince Williams (ankle) and tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) are all probable.
The Bengals have had the flu sweep through team headquarters, and that is reflected in their final injury update of the week. Seven players are listed on their injury report because of an illness, including cornerbacks Adam Jones, Terence Newman and Chris Lewis-Harris.
The three are questionable for Sunday along with starting safety Reggie Nelson (illness).
Green, who caught 11 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers at the beginning of the month, is listed as probable despite injuring his biceps last Monday night.
Green was a full participant in practice Friday.