Steelers Injury Report: Heath Miller To Practice Fully This Week

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media Tuesday for his regularly scheduled press conference and here is the injury update he provided.

Tomlin said tight end Heath Miller (knee) worked in a partial capacity last week and they expect him to work fully this week. They will then see where that participation takes them. That being said, they are not expecting Miller to step out of a phone booth with a cape on.

Cornerback Curtis Brown (illness) will be back this week per Tomlin after missing the Monday night game with an illness.

Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) is going to ramp up his activity this week, according to Tomlin. They are expecting individual work out of him this week.

As far as injuries coming out of the Monday night game, linebacker Jarvis Jones (heel) has a heel contusion, defensive end Brett Keisel (calf) has a left calf strain and nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring) has a hamstring strain, although minor. All three of those players might be limited in practice this week as a result.

As far as cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) goes, Tomlin says he has yet to be evaluated this week and there was no real update given on him.

The Steelers will take on the Chicago Bears Sunday night at Heinz Field and the first full injury report of the week will be released on Wednesday after practice.

  • KenNYSteelerFan

    Sucks his teeth

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Heath doesn’t need a cape. He just needs to remind everyone of the difference between a 1st round pick (which he is) and a 7th round pick (Paulson). Four or five Heath catches in last night’s game could have been the difference between winning and losing. It’s clear we have depth on the defensive side of the ball, but we MUST have our playmakers on offense.

  • Mkeller

    There’s going to be a lot of disappointed people if Heath comes back less than 100%. Probably an unreasonable expectation to think a guy 9 months off major knee surgery will be the savior of the offense. Love Heath but he averages 9 yds a catch when healthy. Hardly the explosive difference maker that’s going to open up the offense. I hope he comes back like the old Heath but I don’t think an upgrade at TE is enough to offset the other deficiencies. But look at the bright side…he’ll only count 9.9 mil against next yrs cap.

  • steeltown

    I have to say, save a few big plays by Eifert and Gresham who are matchup nightmares the CBs played really well. I know Dalton whiffed on a few passes as well but overall Green, Sanu and Jones were held in check. There were some breakdowns by Clark and others, but overall Taylor and Gay played a damn good game

  • steeltown

    You’re forgetting he’s one of the best blocking TEs in the game, that’s missed just as much if not more than his Offensive production

  • Bob Loblaw

    Yeah, Paulson was whiffing on blocks all night. Not sure why they run those bubbles with him as a blocker, he either misses the block or picks up the wrong guy.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Gay has had two solid games now.

  • Jeff

    Didn’t you see that little exhibit on Heath Miller they did last night? Ben completes over 70% of his throws to Heath, with a TD/INT ratio of 35/13… easily over a 100 QB Rating too… I don’t care if he only averages 9 yards a catch, that’s production that’s just not there in the current offense.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I don’t get it either. They had Paulson in there 55 out of 57 plays. Before the game, I was thinking maybe DJ would get more snaps, or they’d use a combination of Will Johnson and Beachum instead. But, NO, we give 55 snaps to Paulson who can’t block, and on his 2 meaningful catches he fumbled one and couldn’t get out of bounds to stop the clock on the other.

  • steeltown

    Why on earth did Will Johnson only get 7snaps and D.Johnson only 6snaps.. they are clearly superior blockers

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Also, those big plays came when the Bengals had loads of momentum off our offense’s ineptitude. Taylor played as well as any corner could’ve against Green, and I’ve been pretty happy with Gay after 2 games. I think you could see just how big a loss Foote was in this game. Clark messed up big time tho.

  • steeltown

    Allowed 7catches for 49yds in 2 complete games shadowing AJ Green, that’s impressive

  • Christopher Wilkes

    2nd best player on offense. He’s worth every penny.

  • TheBlitz

    You made a good point about people being disappointed again come Monday morning if Heath isn’t superman. I know I probably will. Because based on last night game this team isn’t ready to beat the bears.

    I hope he does, but realistically Miller isn’t going to turn this offense Sunday night into a high caliber offense. For the most part I think they are just going to get him acclimated with the speed of the game again and make sure that mentally he’s ready to trust his knee.

    It’s unfortunate but the staff had a year to devise a plan knowing Miller will miss the early part of the season but still managed to come up with an anemic offense. Granted a beast like Miller can’t be replaced easily, but the play calling and play making hasn’t suggested anything was done to overcome his absence.

  • Jeff

    This is good news – I can’t wait until Heath is back on the field again. This offense needs a spark ASAP!

  • Mkeller

    What Heath Miller? The assumption its going to be business as usual for a guy on the wrong side of 30 just 9 months removed from major knee surgery seems a bit optimistic to me. I love the guy but I’ll proceed with cautious optimism all the same.

  • Nolrog

    By that logic, we can show people the difference between a 2nd round pick and an undrafted free agent – Jason Worilds and James Harrison.

  • Jeff

    Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long to see what effect he’ll have on the offense upon returning.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Exceptions to every rule, but Miller looks every bit a 1st rounder when he plays, while Paulson looks every bit a 7th. If you couldn’t get that from what I typed, I can’t help you. LOOKING like your draft status when it’s high is good. Miller does.

  • steeltown

    They were too busy trying to find special team players

  • Crazy Bone

    Miller is being rushed back because Paulson is not an NFL TE. How the team did not look to upgrade from Paulson is beyone me. I know they were only counting on Paulson to be a third TE but the guy does not belong in the league.

  • Matt Searls

    Im already thinking of draft needs for next year..

  • Mkeller

    I definitely mean Heath no disrespect. He’s been one of my favorites. I prefer to not be sentimental about these things as it serves no purpose. Nobody can say for sure how well he’ll play on the repaired knee. I’m not predicting he won’t play well just pointing out that he may struggle for a bit.
    I will agree that he would play better than Paulson if he were still on crutches but that doesn’t mean it will fix the overwhelming problems.

  • cencalsteeler

    Heath’s blocking will be more important than his pass catching at this point. We need to run the ball to open up the pass. We are too one dimensional.

  • Eric

    I would like to see Will Johnson used more as a receiver and rusher

  • Jay Jaber

    I’m not even joking I really liked what I saw out of Paulson as pass catcher not so much as a blocker and he’s still young everybody makes mistakes. I like him a lot as a second tight end

  • treeher

    Still ANOTHER indication that Tomlin has surrounded himself with too many weak coaches (the ones he’s picked, not those he inherited).

  • Mike Carroll

    Look in the sky… it’s a bird? it’s a plane? no, it’s HEEEEEATH!!! LOL, sorry, I couldn’t resist. It will be nice to see Miller back, back I think Tomlin is right. They can’t put too much pressure on Heath or expect too much from him. I would think it will be at least a month before he starts getting back to old form. But, the team shouldn’t mind asking number 7 to don the cape this week. They need a big game from Ben against the Bears. And please start Jones or Dwyer until Bell is ready to go and show us what he’s got.

  • dgh57

    Do the math: 816 yds. divided by 71 rec. = 11.5 yds. per catch not 9 yds.

  • Mkeller

    That was a career yr. or as they call them an anomaly. His career per catch avg is 9 and change. But I concede that you are correct and he will pick up right where he left off.

  • sean mcmartin

    I’d try a new o-line coach , It does not seem logical that the all the high draft o-line picks are not up to par.
    poor talent , lack of good coaching and you have the 2013 Steelers…

  • steeltown

    He is definitely an above avg pass catcher, but he is well below avg as a blocker and we need blocking TEs

  • NW86

    Absolutely….and for that matter, why is Palmer even taking up a spot on the roster? I’m not sure he has played an offensive snap yet.

  • Rick Hankey

    I’m critical of stuff too this year. But they did have a plan with Spaeth and unfortunately he got hurt.

  • Bilgewater D

    He is a new line coach.

  • Mkeller

    I just looked. I was wrong. Career avg of 11.5.

  • sean mcmartin

    yes , I was thinking a change up right now.
    I admit I am grabbing at straws. It’s just such a let down how this team performs. The back-ups are even bad. Even a healthy Troy P. and BR cannot win the game..I thought that was the key to a winning season this year.

  • Eddy

    I’d rather see Heath step out of a phone booth as the Steelers new O-line coach.

  • 2443scott

    just hope if heath isnt ready he has the guts to tell tomlin i am not ready to go yet ….wont do team any good if he reinjures his knee

  • Mike.H

    Dare I say it — Steelers would’ve been 2-0 and won by a FG each past two games. Oh, football God…

  • charles

    Without Wallace stretching the field your hero will be just another slow TE.

  • charles

    Paulson should be a sure sign that we are passing. Even with his excellent hands, if the coaches cant get him up to speed with his blocking he is a liability

  • charles

    Sorry Christopher, but just like your fascination with Woodley, you dont realize how Wallace took 2 men deep thus leaving Heath with LB coverage. Heath is great team player, but those stats from last night are only relative.

  • charles

    Special teams played well last night, coach there has done a bang up job given only three weeks.

  • charles

    This is why Carnell needs to be our next DC and sooner not later. The CBs played well even with only one sack coming from the Dline

  • charles

    I dont think that Gay ever had the priviledge of Lake as a coach, have to agree with you he has been a pleasant surprise.

  • charles

    This Oline played better this week against an arguably better Dline…

  • Lamarr56

    Heath is one of the best TE’s in the league, and he has been Ben’s favorite weapon for years. He has as sure hands as anyone in the NFL, and will make big plays when it counts.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Heath is a top 25 TE of all time. That’s ALL TIME! So, whatever it is you think I don’t realize, I assure you I have no doubt that Heath is the 2nd best player on this offense and as long as he comes back 100% then he’s worth every penny.

  • steeltown

    I agree.. but maybe a little too much time and too many roster spots spent on ST and not enough on Offense