The Bengals on Wednesday placed wide receiver Antonio Chatman on season-ending injured reserve and added tackle Dennis Roland to the active roster from the practice squad.
Chatman suffered a cervical injury this past Sunday against Philadelphia. Chatman ends his season with 10 games played, 21 receptions for 194 yards and a 7.5-yard average on 21 punt returns.
Roland (6-9, 325; Georgia) has been on the practice squad for 11 weeks this season. He opened the 2008 preseason with Tampa Bay and was waived in final roster cuts. He entered the NFL in 2006 as a college free agent with Dallas. He spent most of 2006 and 2007 on Tampa Bays practice squad. He was on Tampa Bays 53-player roster for two games in 2007 (was a gameday inactive).
WEATHER REPORT: The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for 32 degrees in Pittsburgh Thursday night with scattered snow showers and a 50 percent chance precipitation. Snow accumulation is expected to be less than an inch with forecast of winds out of the west and northwest at 10 miles per hour.
INJURY UPDATE: Before leaving for Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon, the Bengals had a brief workout at Paul Brown Stadium. After practice the Wednesday injury report indicated a litany of Bengals have been declared out for Thursday's game, including DE Eric Henderson (neck), T Levi Jones (back), G Scott Kooistra (knee), S Chinedum Ndukwe (foot), DE Antwan Odom (shoulder), and G Andrew Whitworth (ankle).
Next on the depth chart at guard is Nate Livings, a free agent out of LSU that has been on the practice squad for three years and never been active for a game.
That looks like it's all going to change Thursday night.
"I've been playing this game all my life. It's what I do. Ever since I was nine, 10 years old. To me, it's no different than that," said Livings before Wednesday's practice. "I think that's where people go wrong. They put too much (emphasis on inexperience). Yes, it's the NFL. But it's my job. I come to work every day and that's how I look at it."
Right guard Bobbie Williams has had some words of advice for Livings and tackle Anthony Collins for a left side of the line that could be making their first starts against the NFL's top-rated defense.
"Go play loose, go play hard, have fun," Williams said. "You're here for a reason. You're here for a reason. And the reason is the opportunity you get to play football. These guys on the other side are no better than you. They put their pants on just like you. I don't think they slide them on over their heads. Normal guys. Just match their intensity."