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Steelers Injury Report: Heath Miller hopeful to return vs. the Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers were without their starting tight end Heath Miller against the Indianapolis Colts, but they are hoping to get him back for the Cincinnati game this Sunday.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers steamrolled the Indianapolis Colts 45-10 in Week 13, and they did so without their starting tight end Heath Miller. Miller suffered a rib injury in the Week 12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks which kept him out of the lineup the following week. When Mike Tomlin addressed the media Tuesday, he had optimism about Miller's availability for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14.

Miller's presence will be a big part of what the Steelers want to do, as both a blocker and a pass catcher, but his availability could be accentuated with Matt Spaeth still suffering from a knee injury which has seen him in and out of the lineup for the past few weeks.

Joining Miller and Spaeth on the injury report were William Gay (concussion) and Sean Spence (hamstring). Spence missed the Colts game, while Gay is going through the NFL concussion protocol to gauge his availability for the upcoming game.

If Gay were unable to be cleared due to a setback from his head injury, it would be the trio of Antwon Blake, Brandon Boykin and Ross Cockrell who will be in charge of keeping A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones in check in Week 14. A scary proposition for a defense who has struggled against the pass this season.

The Steelers resume practice Wednesday as they prepare for Cincinnati.