Steelers Injury Update: Miller To Have Work Increased; Allen Not Expected To Work Early In Week

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held his weekly press conference Tuesday and updated the health of the team following his opening statement.

Tomlin said center Maurkice Pouncey (knee) is scheduled for surgery Thursday after tearing both his ACL and MCL in the season opener. Inside linebacker Larry Foote (biceps) had surgery Tuesday morning, while running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee) is scheduled to go under the knife on Tuesday. All three players were placed on injured reserve on Monday.

Tight end Heath Miller (knee) will have his work increased this week, but Tomlin was non-committal as to whether or not he will play Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

As for rookie running back Le’Veon Bell (foot), Tomlin would only say that he his continuing to work his way back.

Cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) is not expected to practice at the beginning of the week and Tomlin said they will see where he is health-wise closer to game time.

Kicker Shaun Suisham (hamstring) might have a chance to kick Monday night as his hamstring injury is not a significant one. Tomlin said Shayne Graham was signed as insurance.

  • Jeff

    I don’t want them to rush Heath back, but wow this offense could really use a spark. It sucks saying that being that it’s only week 2.

  • Pete

    Steelers sure miss Miller big time. Paulson can’t block and he was thrown to once in the loss to the Titans.

  • steeltown

    I sure hope Miller gets to 100% and stays there.. we need him BIG Time

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Have Tomlin or DeCastro been asked about the play where Pouncey was injured? From the angle on TV, it looked like he missed that block by 3 feet. What are they being taught to target on combination blocks that allows for that to happen?

  • Douglas Andrews

    C Allen is starting to seem a little injury prone. I’m still thinking Heath is about 2-3 games away. Hope i’m wrong cause our TE’s have shown next to nothing in the blocking and catching categories. Never a good think when Beachum is our best option at TE.

  • 2443scott

    i agree with you jeff i hope they dont and i hope heath says something if he feels hes not ready .

  • joed32

    I hope they both play this week.

  • Douglas Andrews

    We need Heath back in there asap…We had only 1 catch by DJ for 11 yards and the blocking by that group was atrocious.

  • Mike Cardwell

    They didn’t use the Tight Ends they have last week. Why rush Heath at all ?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    because we had no offense.