Steelers Injury Report: Heath Miller sprains knee, likely ending outstanding 2012 season

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Miller finishes what will likely be a Pro Bowl season with 71 catches, 816 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns.

We've likely seen the end of a phenomenal season for Steelers tight end Heath Miller.

Operating with a game plan of swarming Miller while attacking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, knowing he wasn't going to get the ball deep, the Bengals limited the Steelers' best short route option to three catches on nine targets.

He went down in the fourth quarter, and it looked dire immediately after it happened.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has said he doubts Miller will play in the Steelers' throwaway finale against Cleveland in Week 17, meaning Miller ends his season with 71 catches on 101 targets (a career high), 816 yards and eight touchdowns (a career high).

With Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski leading all AFC tight ends in fans' Pro Bowl votes, Miller will have to (and likely will) take a large share of the coaches and players votes to be elected to the Pro Bowl.

He's a lock to be selected for the game, and if his injury isn't severe - he'll undergo more tests Monday - he could still play in it.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace said he strained his hamstring, and will be evaluated this week.

Running back Baron Batch broke his arm, and likely won't play in the finale, and Curtis Brown will start the week nursing an Achilles' tendon strain.


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