The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice Wednesday in preparation for their Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team, however, is not required to submit a participation injury report until Thursday, but several members of the media are reporting who did what in practice.
Tight end Heath Miller (knee) is moving ever so closer to returning as he told Scott Brown of ESPN.com that he did “a little bit of everything” during Wednesday’s practice. Miller did say he’s keeping an “open mind” about playing Monday night.
Steelers TE Heath Miller moves closer to returning. On practice today he said, “I did a little bit of everything.”
— Scott Brown (@ScottBrown_ESPN) September 11, 2013
As expected, cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) did not practice Wednesday and he remains very questionable to play Monday night after suffering an ankle injury in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that they will see where Allen is later in the week.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) arrived late to practice Wednesday, but did not say why he needed to be excused.
As expected running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) said he didn’t do anything in practice Wednesday, according to Brown. Bell is expected to be sidelined a few more weeks according to an earlier Wednesday report.
Rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones confirmed to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider that he took first-team reps on Wednesday. Jones also told Wexell that it’s a good possibility he starts Monday night against the Bengals.
Jarvis Jones confirms taking #Steelers' first-team reps at ROLB today. Will he start Monday? "It's a good possibility," said Jones.
— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) September 11, 2013
Running back Jonathan Dwyer, who was signed back to the roster on Monday, took snaps with the first-team offense Wednesday, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network.
Dwyer took snaps w/ Steelers 1st team today. Redman said Dwyer's release-return "is going to help him tremendously. You'll see that chip"
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 11, 2013