The Pittsburgh Steelers have a big road divisional game this coming Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals and while their first injury report of Week 14 is relatively short, it does include some discouraging news when it comes to tight end Heath Miller (rib).
Miller, who missed Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with a rib injury that he suffered in the first half of the team’s Week 12 road game against the Seattle Seahawks, failed to practice again on Wednesday. During his Tuesday press conference head coach Mike Tomlin said that Miller “has a chance” to play against the Bengals.
“Like last week, we’ll gauge his practice participation and the quality of that participation in determining his availability with his rib injury,” Tomlin said of Miller.
Miller caught 10 passes for 105 yards in the Steelers last game against the Bengals.
Also sitting on Wednesday’s practice were wide receiver Sammie Coates (illness), cornerback William Gay (concussion) and tight end Matt Spaeth (knee). Gay was reportedly given a veteran’s day off by Tomlin, however, as he has passed the concussion protocol tests thus far. He will likely practice on Thursday.
Limited on Wednesday was linebacker Sean Spence (hamstring), who like Miller, missed the Sunday night game against the Colts.
Linebacker James Harrison (not injury related) and long snapper Greg Warren (not injury related) also sat out Wednesday as they were both given veteran days off.