The Pittsburgh Steelers road loss Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks dropped them down to the No. 8 seed in the AFC and with five games now remaining in their season, they might just need to win out if they hope to make the playoffs. Head coach Mike Tomlin met with the media on Tuesday to preview the team’s upcoming Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts in addition to running down the health of the team as they head into Week 13 of the NFL season.
According to Tomlin, tight end Heath Miller (ribs) will be managed and monitored throughout the week as it relates to practice. Miller, who caught 5 passes for 45 yards on Sunday, did not play in the second half after suffering injured ribs.
Safety Mike Mitchell (knee) has some inflammation and he will also be monitored closely throughout the week and might be limited in practice as a result.
Tomlin indicated that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (concussion) are both currently in the league-mandated concussion protocol and will remain there until cleared. Roethlisberger said Tuesday morning that he wasn’t concussed and that it was an ocular migraine he was dealing with. Tomlin, however, said the quarterback did have a concussion.
Tomlin later said that linebacker Sean Spence (hamstring) is currently dealing with a minor hamstring injury and that he’ll also be monitored during the week.