LaMarr Woodley is hopeful he will play Thursday night after sitting out the final three quarters today at Heinz Field.
But the Steelers' outside linebacker said his hamstring will likely be an issue the rest of the season, necessitating some sort of platoon with Jason Worilds at left outside linebacker.
"You've got to be smart about the hamstring injuries and can't play the entire game anyway," Woodley said after the Steelers' 35-7 win over the Bengals. "It's a rotation that's probably going to be going on the rest of the year."
Woodley said he and Worilds were supposed to share snaps today, his first game back after missing the Steelers' previous three contests.
Woodley said his hamstring got "tired," and that the Steelers played it safe with him, especially after they started pulling away from the Bengals.
"I plan on going out there and playing again on Thursday but you have to take the (cautious) approach," said Woodley, who leads the Steelers with nine sacks. "Fresh off these hamstring injuries you're not going to go out there and be able to play 80 snaps. It's just not possible at this time."
A short week for the Steelers won't help Woodley — they host the Browns on Thursday night — but coach Mike Tomlin said, "he might be in play" for the game.