Heath Miller Practiced Again On Friday And Wants To Play Sunday Night

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller practiced fully for a third straight day on Friday and now we will wait and see if he is given the green light to make his season debut Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reported Friday on Twitter that Miller said his knee responded well to practice this week and he will be evaluated Saturday. Miller, however, did warn that he shouldn’t be expected to be in mid season form if indeed he does play.

According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, Miller indicated that he wants to play Sunday night but understands his input will only be part of what goes into the final decision.

For what it is worth, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported early Friday morning that Miller would indeed make his season debut against the Bears.

So, if indeed Miller does wind up playing, how many snaps should we expect out of him. Surely they will want to ease him into action, so I venture to guess the final number will come in under 50%. Keep in mind that Miller will more than likely be wearing a knee brace upon is return and that is something he will have to used to.

“Whenever I’m ready I think it’s unrealistic to think I’m going to come back in midseason form,” Miller said, according to Brown. “It will be a work in progress.”

Miller’s presence alone might at least help the team morale as the offense really seemed to deflate the moment center Maurkice Pouncey was carted off the field early in the season opener.

More than anything else, the Bears at least have to now have one more player that they will need to prepare for.

  • steeltown

    Wow,..im not sure how to think about this.. on one hand I want him out there we need all the help we can get, on the other hand I don’t want him rushing back


    ditto…he’s a veteran that I would think knows his body pretty well so I would give him some snaps…maybe 10 or so Sunday, if good, maybe another 10 to 15 in London, and full bore after the bye.

  • Mike Carroll

    That sounds about right to me. But, my guess is Tomlin will play him more.


    Night game, should be nice and cool, less chances for cramping up I suppose…I can see that as well.

  • Marcela Garza-Meza

    “Until his wheels fell off”, Do you recognize this sentence?

  • Bilgewater D

    Damn you for making me all nostalgic for Fast Willie Parker.

  • HopalongCassidy

    If Miller was smart, he’d wait at least a few more weeks. The Steelers are going nowhere this year and there is no point in Miller risking a career ending re-injury.