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Maurkice Pouncey, Brian Leonard headline Steelers, Bengals inactive lists

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Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pouncey had been listed as "questionable" with a knee injury that kept him out of, or limited during, this week's practices. The first sign that Pouncey might not be available came on Saturday when the club activated center/guard John Malecki to provide depth along the interior of the line, which will not start Doug Legursky at the center position.

The Steelers had already ruled out running back Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, leaving the duties in the backfield to Jonathan Dwyer, Baron Batch and rookie Chris Rainey, who have combined for 119 yards on 47 carries this season.

Pittsburgh will also be without starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Troy Polamalu, who has played in only two games due to a calf injury.

For the Bengals, running back Brian Leonard has been deactivated after being listed as "doubtful" with a rib injury.

Pittsburgh: QB Charlie Batch, RB Rashard Mendenhall, RB Isaac Redman, OT Marcus Gilbert, OC Maurkice Pouncey, LB Chris Carter, S Troy Polamalu

Cincinnati: RB Brian Leonard, WR Armon Binns, TE Richard Quinn, DT Brandon Thompson, LB Dontay Moch, CB Jason Allen, CB Dre Kirkpatrick

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