Steelers' Heath Miller likely to return to play Sunday

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Barring any setbacks over the weekend, Steelers tight end Heath Miller will play his first game of the season Sunday night against the Bears.

Miller went through another full practice on Friday and was noncommittal about his playing status when interviewed afterward, but a source said Miller might not only be in line to play but could be in the starting lineup.

"We'll see how it reacts tomorrow and go from there," Miller said. "I've had some positives days this week. We'll evaluate how I felt, how the coaches think I felt and I'm sure they'll make a decision based off that."

Miller had reconstructive knee surgery in January after getting injured in the Week 15 loss to Cincinnati. He continued to rehabilitate his knee in training camp and was activated to the 53-man roster before Week 1.

"I'm excited," he said. "It's been a long time sitting and watching. I'm close to the end now. It's kind of the hardest part, I guess, figuring out when you're ready to go. I'm getting close and I know it's sooner rather than later."

Miller was not sure if he would be able to play a full game or be eased back into the action.

"I've never been through this type of injury when I missed an extended period of time," he said. "I'm not sure how my body is going to react. It's hard to simulate playing football when you're not playing football. Obviously, I missed a lot of football to this point. We'll kind of play it by ear."

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