By Mike Bires
Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports
PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was back on the practice field Tuesday, albeit on a limited basis.
Due to the lower leg injury he suffered Thursday at the last full practice at training camp, Roethlisberger didn’t take part in any team drills as the Steelers returned to their practice site on the South Side of town.
But coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger will play extensively Saturday night when the Steelers host the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field.
Roethlisberger suffered an Achilles tendon/heel injury when he was stepped on by tackle Max Starks during a passing drill at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
“He won’t be limited in any form or fashion (against Buffalo),” Tomlin said of Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger missed Saturday’s 17-13 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.
MORE INJURY NEWS
Third-team QB Dennis Dixon remains out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. Dixon was injured in the fourth quarter Saturday night in Washington and has been ruled out of this week’s game against Buffalo.
Meanwhile, tight end/fullback Sean McHugh will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery today. So he’ll also be sidelined indefinitely.
Three starters missed practice Tuesday: wide receiver Hines Ward, who was given the day off; wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who’s hurting after taking a helmet to the back Saturday night; and running back Willie Parker, who has a sore hamstring.
Rookie running back/fullback Frank “Tank” Summers also missed practice with a sore hamstring and probably won’t play against the Bills.
Meanwhile, tackle Jason Capizzi practiced on a limited basis Tuesday due to a sore shoulder.
Center/guard Darnel Stapleton remains out with a knee injury that needed arthroscopic surgery.
LeBEAU A HALL OF FAME FINALIST
Dick LeBeau, the Steelers’ highly regarded defensive coordinator, will be one of two senior committee nominees for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The other senior committee nominee is former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little.
LeBeau and Little will join 15 modern-day finalists who have yet to be chosen. Between four and seven inductees are chosen each year.
LeBeau, 71, is tied for seventh in NFL history with 62 career interceptions. He’s a former Ohio State star who played cornerback for the Detroit Lions for 14 years.
“I’m not sure that it’s hit me completely,” LeBeau said after Tuesday’s practice. “I must confess, it’s the last thing I thought would happen here today. It’s a great honor to get this far no matter what the final outcome is.”
LeBeau learned on his nomination by the senior committee before practice when Tomlin gathered the team for his daily pre-practice speech.
LOGAN’S STOCK ON THE RISE
Would the Steelers be willing to hold a roster spot for someone who just returns kicks?
“It’s a possibility,” Tomlin said.
It’s a possibility because of Stefan Logan, the 5-foot-6, 180-pound return specialist.
“He’s got our attention,” coach Mike Tomlin said.
Logan, who played last year in the Canadian Football League, averaged a 39.3 yards on four kickoff returns Saturday against the Redskins. Two of his returnst went for 60 and 45 yards. He also averaged 12.0 yards on four punt returns.
“It’s pretty obvious that he did a nice job,” Tomlin said of Logan. “But he’s got an incomplete body of work. We’re just two games into a four-game preseason.”