Casey Hampton remains a part of the Steelers' plans at nose tackle, and Steve McLendon is also likely to be a key part of the puzzle in the middle.
Injuries have forced the Steelers to lean heavily on younger defensive linemen, perhaps giving a glimpse into Pittsburgh's future up front.
The Steelers signed DL Steve McLendon from their practice squad on Saturday and released rookie LB Thaddeus Gibson.
Due to a change in circumstances, namely an injury to third-down back Brian Leonard, Cincinnati RB Bernard Scott is likely to see an uptick in his touches.
In a surprising move on Saturday, the Steelers released backup QB Byron Leftwich and activated DE Steve McLendon from the practice squad.