HOW MUCH OF A BOOST WILL MILLER ADD IMMEDIATELY?
The Pittsburgh anemic offense will get a boost at the tight end position with the return of Heath Miller.
The pro bowl tight end is on track to make his season debut Sunday night vs the Chicago Bears. Miller practiced for a third straight day and is officially listed as probable.
Miller and the coaching staff are trying to temper down expectations but Miller’s return will be significant, even from the standpoint of his mere presence on the field as he’s a player the Bears will have to be aware of at all times.
“I think it’s unrealistic to think I’m going to come back in midseason form. It will be a work in progress,” Miller said after practice.
Even if Miller is not a big part of the passing game on Sunday night, anytime David Paulson, the worst blocking tight end in football, is on the field less, the Steelers are a much better team.
Meanwhile, Le’Veon Bell is showing steady progress in his return from a foot sprain and was also a full participant for the second straight day. Bell, though, is unlikely to play Sunday night but barring no setback, the chances are greater than 50-50 of him making his debut in London next week vs the Vikings.
Cornerback Cortez Allen has been officially ruled out.