Updated: 3:15 p.m.
"We'll see," Lewis said and Gresham is listed as questionable.
“They were very close and he’s the male of the family; he’s got a lot of responsibilities,” Lewis said. “He’s having to deal with that in his own way and go through this period of mourning and he’ll get with us when he gets with us.”
Tight end is a key position against the Steelers because of their different blitzes and while there are some similarities to the Nov. 8 game plan, Lewis indicated it’s hard to miss all three practices and play.
“Obviously it’s a tough thing,” he said.
The secondary is also banged up again a week after finally getting healthy. Backup cornerback
Everybody else went full go Friday but defensive tackle
Steelers tight end Heath Miller (concussion) is out but right tackle Flozell Adams (ankle) went full Friday and is probable. Same with safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) and running back Isaac Redman (ankle).
If Joseph can't play, the Bengals are really struggling with just three corners:
» Lewis continues to remain mum on his future as he goes back to his hometown for the last time before his contract expires at the end of the season. With the Bengals mired at 2-10 and the University of Pittsburgh letting go coach Dave Wannstedt earlier this week, Lewis’ name surfaced as a possible successor. On Friday, Lewis skated the issue just like he did with the Pittsburgh media Wednesday.
“I don’t know where the question comes from,” said Lewis, who was an assistant at Pitt in 1991 before becoming the Steelers linebackers coach in 1992. “I don’t see how relevant that really is. We are where we are. We’ll just keep working and get out of this funk and move forward. That’s all we can do. That’s all we can worry about is making sure we’re better prepared to put ourselves in position to make plays to win the game and that’s the key.”
» The Bengals worked under relatively balmy skies Friday morning inside Paul Brown Stadium with temperatures leaping into the 40s after a week of sub-freezing temperatures. But they are bracing for Sunday's miserable weather in Pittsburgh. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, is calling for 100 percent chance of rain changing to snow at about kickoff with temperatures in the low 30s and winds reaching 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts up to 25.