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Insider Only Thursday Practice Report: Heath Miller close to returning; Bell full participant & more buzz

miller Miller Close to Returning
It’s looking more than more like Steelers tight end Heath Miller will play this week, as he ramped up his practice schedule even more Thursday. Miller stayed after and did some one-on-one hitting with defensive linemen and linebackers.

“It’s always great to see Heath,” Haley said. “So, I’m just happy he’s continuing to make progress, and we’re seeing him more and more. So, that’s a good thing. … He really can make a different out there.”
Miller has not changed his tune since the season began.
“It feels pretty good, but I have no idea when I’ll be back,” Miller said. “I’ll just keep working hard and see what happens when we get through the end of the week. We’ll talk about it, and then the coaches will decide if I’m going to play.”
Bell Ringing Louder
Steelers second-round pick Le’Veon Bell was a full participant in practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a right mid-foot sprain in a preseason game Aug. 19 at Washington.
“It’ll be a little sore after all the running around that I do, but it’s stuff that I can do,” Bell said. “I try to push through it, because the next day it will be a little easier to do the things that I did the previous day. I just want to keep moving forward and make sure I don’t take a step backward.”
Practice Report
Cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day, but he was the only Steelers player to sit out Thursday’s workout. Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (heel) was limited for a second straight day, but Bell was joined as a full-time participant by Miller (knee), cornerback Curtis Brown (illness), defensive end Brett Keisel (calf) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring).

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