TE Heath Miller returns for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers will get back a big piece of their offense as starting tight end Heath Miller passed his post-concussion tests and will return to practice this week. He suffered a brutal blow to the head on Dec. 5 from Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain and missed the following game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Miller plays a major role in Pittsburgh's passing and running game and will be needed Sunday against the New York Jets (9-4). He has 33 receptions for 384 yards and a touchdown this season and also has helped pave the way for tailback Rashard Mendenhall to set new career highs in rushing yards (1,073) and touchdowns (nine).

Steelers (10-3) backup tight end Matt Spaeth started in place of Miller last week and had just one catch for four yards against Cincinnati. Pittsburgh failed to score an offensive touchdown in the 23-7 victory.