The Pittsburgh Steelers are hurting in the defensive backfield, and it my be as thin as it’s even been in the Dick LeBeau-era tonight when they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Monday Night Football.
Backup cornerback Curtis Brown is listed as doubtful, meaning the Steelers would be without two of their cornerbacks for this game, as starting CB Cortez Allen has already been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Allen will be a significant loss, as he has developed into a solid starting CB, who is serviceable in booth pass coverage and run defense. He made his first career start in the season opener, but left the game in the second quarter with a left ankle injury and did not return. He finished the 2012 season causing five turnovers in the final two games of the season (two interceptions, three forced fumbles).
Because Allen won’t play against the Bengals, William Gay will start at opposite Pro Bowler Ike Taylor, and rookie safety Shamarko Thomas will again play nickel back.
With Taylor and Gay starting, and Thomas the nickel corner, the Steelers only have one cornerback left , which is special teamer Antwon Blake.