Hopefully, this injury will prove to be less serious than it appeared in the multiple replays that were shown after it happened. But Steelers TE Heath Miller was knocked out of Sunday night’s game against the Ravens with a concussion on a play that could have potentially been much more serious.
Miller was injured on a crushing hit from Jameel McClain during the third quarter. He was bent backwards, his neck snapping back, by the impact of the hit. As he initially laid motionless on the field, trainers rushed to his side and held his helmet in place, typical for neck injuries.
Inexplicably, Miller got up after a few moments and walked off the field under his own power.
McClain wasn’t called for a personal foul on the play, but in the event Miller is ruled a defenseless receiver — McClain first made contact with his forearm — a league fine should be expected.
Miller went to the bench, where team personnel administered tests consistent for concussions and head injuries.
Several plays later, OT Flozell Adams limped off the field and was replaced by Trai Essex.