Steelers Injury Report: Spaeth had surgery, Sylvester listed day-to-day

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he would provide injury updates Sunday, but confirmed tight end Matt Spaeth had surgery on his foot, and Le'Veon Bell would return to practice this week in wake of the Steelers' Monday Night game against the Washington Redskins Aug. 19.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed tight end Matt Spaeth had surgery on his injured foot, and said he would provide a more specific update Sunday. Spaeth is believed to have a Lisfranc sprain, and could miss 8-10 weeks.

David Paulson played 38 of the team's 65 snaps at the suddenly thin tight end position. Heath Miller is still on the PUP list, and isn't expected to be activated this week.

Stevenson Sylvester had his ankle rolled over by wide receiver Markus Wheaton after Sylvester made a nice tackle in punt coverage. He left the field under his own power, and Tomlin said he will be evaluated Sunday.

Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell was a late scratch from Saturday's game with a knee injury. Tomlin said he didn't see enough of Bell throughout the week to justify him getting in the game. While that may be true, considering they have a difficult decision to make in terms of their running backs, it wouldn't be a surprise to learn they were looking for a reason to sit Bell down to give more snaps to LaRod Stephens-Howling, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Baron Batch. Stephens-Howling took advantage, leading all rushers with 40 yards.

Tomlin said Bell will be available when the Steelers return to practice this week.

Pittsburgh will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Redskins Monday, Aug. 19 in their second preseason game.

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