LT Beachum stays on track for Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Left tackle Kelvin Beachum practiced for a second consecutive day and remained on track to return Sunday night against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

Beachum (knee), right guard David DeCastro (foot) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) were among the players nursing injuries who were not limited in practice on Thursday.

One player to monitor is strong safety Troy Polamalu (shoulder), who didn’t practice for a second consecutive day. The Steelers are probably just being cautious with Polamalu, though the problem could be something that cropped up this week.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not mention Polamalu on Tuesday when he provided an injury update at his weekly news conference.

Tomlin said on Tuesday that Brett Keisel (foot) would try to work his way back. But the veteran defensive end has yet to practice this week, making Friday a critical day as far as his status for the Bengals game.

In addition to Keisel, nose tackle Steve McLendon (ankle) did not practice for the second consecutive day.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) was limited on Thursday after practicing fully on Wednesday.