Steelers TE Heath Miller, last seen taking a non-flagged, $40,000 beating from Ravens LB Jameel McClain, has passed his post-concussion neurological tests, and he’s set to practice Wednesday.
He’ll probably be a little gun-shy, right? Um, no, he doesn’t think so.
"This is a game I've played my whole life," Miller told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Ron Cook. "I can't say for sure I won't have any problems going back out there until I do it. I've never had to come back from something like this. It's my first concussion. But I don't anticipate any problems."
An interesting aside from Cook in his column relates to how Miller’s wife, Katie, was reached after McClain knocked him out of the game:
Right after the McClain hit, Katie Miller couldn't have cared less that a flag wasn't thrown. She is Miller's wife and is deep into a pregnancy with their second child. She was watching the game in their North Hills home and, like the rest of us, was horrified by the collision. In those first, few agonizing seconds after it happened, she, too, wondered if Miller would get up.
Steelers security chief Jack Kearney carries the phone numbers of all the players' wives and girlfriends for moments like that. As soon as Miller made it to the sideline with the team doctors, Kearney called Katie Miller and handed his cell phone to team orthopedist, Dr. Jim Bradley, who reassured her that her husband was going to be OK, that he had a concussion but no serious neck injury. Katie Miller immediately called Heath's parents, Earl and Denise, who were watching the game at their home in Swords Creek, Va., and also feared the worst.
"That's one of the negative things that comes with our sport," Miller said. "A lot of people come out to watch the game and have fun. They don't realize that we have a wife and kids and parents who also are watching and keeping their fingers crossed that we get through it OK."
Luckily, Miller, for the most part, did.
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