The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off of a tough Monday Night Football loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was a result that most of us expected. Not only are the Bengals a very good football team, but the Steelers are dealing with a few significant injuries on the offensive side of the ball. The Steelers could have key tight end Heath Miller back as soon as Week 3, because Mike Tomlin reportedly believes that Miller could be ready to face the Chicago Bears.
According to a tweet from Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Heath Miller is expected to fully practice this week, and that’s definitely great news for the Steelers. That means Miller can very realistically play against the Bears this week, and that would be a huge boost for the Steelers as they head into a tough game looking to avoid facing the dreaded 0-3 hole.
Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is also set to get more practice work in this week, per another tweet from Bouchette. Bell still needs some time to come back from his Lisfranc injury, so his prospects for a return in Week 3 are non-existent, and his injury outlook isn’t as optimistic as Miller’s. But Bell seems to be progressing well, and that’s good news for Steelers fans. Let’s see how his foot handles the increased workload, and the Steelers need him to recover fully and be a difference-maker in the running game in order to take some pressure off of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers passing attack.