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Concussion symptoms return for Heath Miller

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On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin declared that tight end Heath Miller had no symptoms, nine days after suffering a concussion against the Ravens.

On Thursday, the symptoms returned.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Miller suffered a setback on Thursday, and he missed practice.  His status for Sunday’s game against the Jets is in doubt.

Miller practiced on Wednesday for the first time since the December 5 game, but he thereafter developed a “mild headache.”

“He experienced a little headache,” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said.  “Very cautious.  We’re not going to take any chances with him.”
It’s unclear whether Miller must again be cleared by an independent neurologist to practice and/or play.  Hopefully, the Steelers will seek such clearance, regardless of whether it’s required.
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11 Responses to “Concussion symptoms return for Heath Miller”
  1. obsession55 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:05 PM

    Wait, hes a Steeler, I thought they were tougher than everyone else???

    He’ll play. He might not even bother to wear a helmet

  2. Deb says: Dec 16, 2010 9:11 PM

    Arians said the team isn’t taking any chances with him … just like they didn’t take any chances with Roethlisberger against the Ravens last year or Ward against the Saints, regardless of all speculation to the contrary.

    Take care of your health, Heath.

    And Goodell … great job minimizing concussions. Impressive. Kudos to McAuley. Your fines have made a huge impact on the officiating. You must be thrilled.

  3. kimcon22000 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:11 PM

    Is it me or has the whole game changed with the new concussion rule(s)?
    Heard you on Dan Patrick today Mike – good stuff …..

  4. Deb says: Dec 16, 2010 9:12 PM

    Oops, I meant Ward against the Pats.

  5. johntonioholmes says: Dec 16, 2010 9:34 PM

    That $40,000 fine REALLY protected Heath Miller.

  6. to147 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:27 PM

    Good for the steelers. After they played the “neck injury” game a few weeks ago I’m glad they’re taking a more cautious approach.

  7. Deb says: Dec 16, 2010 11:12 PM

    @to147 …

    You didn’t see him come back into the game with that “neck injury,” did you?

  8. jeffa43 says: Dec 16, 2010 11:48 PM

    Goodell could care less about the players. Ward is pretty open about that. Fines but never a penalty against anyone playing Pitt. It is the truth Ben is a QB, and they let him get hit in the head non stop.

    Sell pictures of dirty hits to make money…

    Goodell must go.

  9. jdesan says: Dec 17, 2010 6:51 AM

    That’s too bad for Miller. It would be nice to see Pig Ben with a Concussion.

  10. rockinron2 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:19 AM

    What caused the relapse? Just practicing or did Harrison get a “legal” hit on him?

  11. masteel says: Dec 17, 2010 11:00 AM

    If Heath has to sit, than Heath has to sit and take care of himself rather than risking further injury

    THIS was going to be the mismatch for the Steelers I hoped to get the ball down the middle of the field. The Jets Safety spot is banged up with injuries as well, and Heath could have been the go to guy with Revis & Cromartie trying to isolate Hines & Wallace.

    This game offensively now rests on Mendenhall, Spaeth, & 2 Rookie WR’s – who line up in slot. Look for production from them OR we will be in another 17 to 14 slugfest …or worse 13 to 9 game.

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