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Heath Miller ready to return to Steelers

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Steelers tight end Heath Miller is ready to return to the field on Sunday against the Jets, two weeks after he suffered a concussion on a violent by Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says Miller “has absolutely no symptoms” from the concussion and should be a full participant in practice this week.

Miller is third on the Steelers in catches (33) and receiving yards (384) and had started every game before having to sit out Sunday’s win over the Bengals.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Steelers expect to have several players limited in practice this week, including right tackle Flozell Adams (ankle), strong safety Troy Polamalu (ankle), cornerbacks Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and Anthony Madison (knee) and linebacker Keyaron Fox (elbow).

But Tomlin said he thinks the Steelers are in good shape on the injury front, and he added that defensive end Aaron Smith, who suffered a triceps injury in October, is getting healthier and may be able to play in the postseason.

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5 Responses to “Heath Miller ready to return to Steelers”
  1. masteel says: Dec 14, 2010 3:21 PM

    Ben is hobbling around in the backfield, and is risking a worse ankle sprain by holding onto the ball too long when attempting to pass.

    And what is status of his nose? Is that 100% now and he isn’t worried or in need of the visor (that he discarded in 2nd half of Bengals game)

  2. Jack Burton says: Dec 14, 2010 3:28 PM

    Good because Spaeth was a huge let down in that game, he’s great when subbing in a game but not when he starts.

  3. Deb says: Dec 14, 2010 6:27 PM

    I’m thankful to get Miller back, but despite Tomlin’s optimism, like most teams this time of years, the Steelers are still banged up. I don’t believe in sitting healthy players and deliberately forfeiting games just to rest starters for the post-season. And it certainly didn’t do the Colts any good last year. But I wish we were in a position to let a couple of our wounded players–particularly Polamalu and Roethlisberger–take a little time to heal.

    If Goodell were as concerned about the health and safety of players as he pretends to be, he’d add a second bye to the season now rather than using it as a bargaining tool for an 18-game season. The product is more valuable if star players are healthy going into the post-season.

  4. goldsteel says: Dec 14, 2010 6:59 PM

    I’m glad another offensive weapon will be on the field to move the chains and score touchdowns. Heath Miller also happens to be a good blocker. The offensive output has been anemic lately with injuries to the offensive line. With the offensive line, it’s a matter of who will be starting and how much playing time they’ve had together.

  5. andyprough says: Dec 14, 2010 10:11 PM

    Tough dude. That shot would have decapitated me. Miller got up and walked off the field – pretty amazing.

    I was surprised they didn’t throw to David Johnson more against the Bengals. He had a nice couple of catches against the Ravens, and he’s tough to bring down. He would be a good goal line offense for the Steelers completely inept first-and-goal crew.

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