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TE Miller and OL Adams Both Could Miss Bengals Game

It comes to no surprise that there’s a couple of starters that could be out for Sunday’s home game vs the 2-10 Bengals, as the win in Baltimore took its toll on the club.

Both tight end Heath Miller and OL Flozell Adams could miss the game, as both were hurt in the contest in Baltimore. Miller, who has missed only two games in his six-year career, has a concussion from the cheap shot from Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain.

Tomlin said Miller “is experiencing the discomfort that goes along with concussions, so his availability might be doubtful this week.”

Adams has a mild high ankle sprain. “We’ll see how that limits him in the early portion of the week and let that be the determinant of whether or not he’s available to us,” Tomlin said.

If Adams does not play, Trai Essex, who has started five games at right guard, could replace Adams. Matt Spaeth, who missed the past two games with a concussion, has been cleared and would replace Miller as the starter.

“He does everything that Heath does and this won’t be his first rodeo by any stretch in terms of replacing Heath,” Tomlin said. “He’s done it in stretches before.”

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  1. mark

    December 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    These are two players that the team can ill-afford to lose for more than 1 game! It really is like losing 2 OL/T. Maybe Spaeth/Johnson/Ward can make up for the loss of Miller but I have my doubts about Essex at Tackle, Sure, Essex has played there before, but he has had a down year and with 4 weeks to go I cannot imagine him elevating his game enough to secure that spot while Adams heals. I almost imagine the Steelers working primarily out of the shotgun,and deploying Wallace,Sanders,Brown and Ward and having the single back most game. Would this give the offense a better chance to move the ball without Adams and Miller? Can Spaeth do any damage in the passing game? Would Tomlin really put Kiesel at TE? If this team could only have a healthy OL, regardless of who is there at this point, they will be very dangerous. Next season the line could be: Starks/Kemo/Pouncey/Colon/Adams. That might be pretty formidable. Right now its: Scott/Kemo/Pouncey/Foster/Essex. Not so formidable! Jsut get through the Bengal game with a win and start to heal… PLEASE! Also, where is Legursky,Hills and the other Scott???

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