At his weekly press conference Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that injured tight end Heath Miller would return to a normal week of practice this week, albeit with a caution that no one should expect Miller to be Super Man.
While many have forecast Miller’s return for following the Steelers trip to London, veteran Oberver-Reporter journalist Dale Lolley reports that Heath Miller is expected to play when the Steelers host the 2-0 Chicago Bears at Heinz Field this week.
Millers return, should he be able to perform to past standards and should he not be jeopardizing his knee by coming back so quickly, could provide a real boost to the Steelers offense.
- Miller caught 71 passes in 2012 and in many ways served as the same sort of middle of the field security blanket for Ben Roethlisberger that Jay Novacek severed for Troy Aikman.
While Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery have been solid this year so far, its painfully obvious that the trio cannot compensate for the absence of Miller.
Repaclement tight ends David Johnson has one catch and has been invisible in the offense, while David Paulson blocking ability is woeful. Paulson does have 3 catches on the year, but he fumbled his most important one away.
Steelers Change Graham for Green
The Steelers 2013 roster shuffling continues.
As it turns out, emergency place kicker Shayne Graham will not get a chance to live up to the fighting standard set up by long ago emergency punter Shayne Edge. The Steelers signed Graham as insurance for Shaun Suisham injured his hamstring vs. Tennessee. Suisham was able to kick vs. the Bengals, and the Steelers waived Graham.
To take Graham’s place on the roster, the Steelers activated cornerback Isaiah Green from the practice squad. Green primarily is on the team for his special teams ability, but could see time if Curtis Brown and/or Cortez Allen do not return to health.
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