Steelers’ Miller leaves practice with headaches
Steelers tight end Heath Miller did not practice today as a result of post-concussion headaches, putting his status for Sunday’s game against the Jets in question.
Miller sustained a concussion in the Steelers’ 13-10 win at Baltimore on Dec. 5 and did not play last Sunday.
The 2009 Pro Bowler passed a series of post-concussion tests at the beginning of the week and returned to practice yesterday. The Steelers held him out of drills today after Miller experienced exercise-induced headaches.
Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he is hopeful that Miller will be able to practice tomorrow and play against the Jets.
“We’re going to do what’s in his best interests and his family,” Arians said. “We’re not going to force anything and he’s smart enough to make the right decision.”
The Steelers went through a similar situation last season with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
After getting knocked out of a game with a concussion, Roethlisberger was cleared to play the following week in Baltimore.
Dennis Dixon, however, started against the Ravens as the Steelers sat Roethlisberger as a precaution after he experienced exercise-induced headaches.
In addition to Miller, outside linebacker James Harrison (illness) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) did not practice today.
Harrison has yet to practice this week.