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Joe Burrow to be without key weapon Tee Higgins vs. Steelers

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Joe Burrow will have to make due without one of his favorite targets when the Cincinnati Bengals meet a fierce AFC North rival on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals listed wide receiver Tee Higgins as inactive for their Week 3 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Joining the second-year wide receiver on the sidelines for Cincinnati will be offensive linemen Fred Johnson and Xavier Su’a-Filo, cornerbacks Trae Waynes and Nick McCloud, and defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin.

Tee Higgins was listed as doubtful for the game on Friday’s injury report due to a shoulder injury that caused him to miss practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. The Clemson product has a team-high 10 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets this season, building on an impressive rookie campaign that established him as a fixture of Cincinnati’s present and future. A second-round pick in the 2020 draft, Higgins had 67 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns in his debut NFL season.

Expect rookie Jamarr Chase and veteran Tyler Boyd to see more attention from Burrow against the Steelers as a result of Higgins’ absence. Tight end C.J. Uzomah and running back Joe Mixon figure to play a bigger part in the Bengals’ passing game with Tee Higgins out, too.

The Bengals enter Sunday’s action at 1-1, in lockstep with the Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns in a division that could be anyone’s for the taking.