Week 3: Pittsburgh (1-1) @ Cincinnati (1-1) 4:15 p.m. Coming into the season, one area where the Cincinnati Bengals were expected to be much better was on defense. Healthy for the first time since 2007, defensive end Antwan Odom is helping the Bengals backup that notion.
Heath Miller will play tonight. Miller is coming back fairly quick from a high ankle sprain but indications are Miller can‚Äôt do any more damage to his ankle. Miller will likely play in 70%-75% of the offensive plays tonight according to Bruce Arians following yesterday‚Äôs practice. Casey Hampton may be a bit limited tonight: Expect to see Chris Hoke a lot tonight. Hampton remains bothered by a groin injury that will likely hinder him the rest of the season. The Bengals have deactivated Chad Johnson: Johnson has struggled with Carson Palmer out of the lineup and only has 41 receptions this year. Johnson is still a good receiver but he is a deep threat and is a non-factor with Ryan Fitzpatrick running the show.
The Cincinnati Bengals have deactivated wide receiver Chad Johnson for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers for violation of a team rule. Wide receiver Chris Henry will start in place of Chad Johnson. Johnson the Bengals top deep threat has struggled this season and only has a 41 receptions – 383 yards – 4 TD’s. Bengals receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh leads the NFL with 73 catches, and has four touchdowns. Houshmandzadeh is a free agent following the season and the Bengals need to part ways with Johnson and focus on keeping Houshmandzadeh longterm