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Steelers notebook: Miller not worried about timetable

| Saturday, July 27, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
The Steelers' Ziggy Hood high-fives fans on his way to practice Saturday, July 27, 2013, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Steelers' Ziggy Hood high-fives fans on his way to practice Saturday, July 27, 2013, at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
The Steelers' Heath Miller, with his knee wrapped in ice, watches as tight ends practice during OTAs on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.
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The Steelers' Heath Miller, with his knee wrapped in ice, watches as tight ends practice during OTAs on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.

Heath Miller and David Johnson suffered the same knee injury four months apart last year. And even though Johnson started training camp on the physically unable to perform list just like Miller, the reigning Steelers MVP doesn't think Johnson's extended healing time is any indication for him.

“Everybody's body reacts differently,” Miller said. “Throughout the process we've had the same obstacles to overcome and probably had the same type of progress.”

Miller worked out on the third field at St. Vincent with the other PUP players during the practice Saturday. Miller said he is doing everything well, including running and cutting, but won't put a timetable on his return.

“It's been pretty much the same progression,” Miller said. “I am just approaching every day and attacking them and making them count. I am just trying to maintain my focus on the short term and not worry about the big picture.”

It is likely that Miller will be removed from the PUP list before the start of the season. If he remains on the list, he would not be permitted to practice with the team until at least six games into the regular season.

“I am sure it will be a collective decision made by a lot of people,” Miller said. “I try not to look at the big picture too much.”

Hoods wants to stay

Defensive end Ziggy Hood is in the final year of his rookie contract, but don't ask him if there's been any talk about an extension because he doesn't know, or care to know.

“Only thing I need to do is play my position and do what I can,” Hood said. “I will let my agent and the front office people deal with that.”

Hood said he wants to stay with the Steelers and would like to sign an extension.

“I love it here, and my family is around here so I am enjoying it,” Hood said. “I wouldn't want to go anywhere else because I love it here.”

Legendary partnership

The Steelers announced a three-year partnership with Legendary Entertainment to wear patches on their practice jerseys. Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull is a minority owner of the Steelers and has produced recent movies including “The Dark Knight Rises” and “42.” The partnership also includes scoreboard elements at Heinz Field. The Steelers wore XFinity patches on their practice jerseys in 2010.

Inside the ropes

• Lightning forced the Steelers to leave the field for about 30 minutes until the threat passed.

• You can't read much into first-day of training camp depth charts, but Isaac Redman supplanted Jonathan Dwyer, for the time being, as the No. 1. After Redman and Dwyer, the rotation went rookie Le'Veon Bell and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Running backs coach Kirby Wilson did something similar during last year's training camp.

• The Steelers' quarterbacks practiced throwing a pass down field and into a garbage can. Ben Roethlisberger was the only quarterback out of four — Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones and John Parker Wilson were the others — to make it inside the garbage can. Actually, Roethlisberger connected twice.

• With Mike Wallace out of the picture, the deep game has come into question when it comes to receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. If the first day of practice is any indication, maybe it shouldn't be a worry. First, Brown beat Ike Taylor for a deep completion down the right sideline from Roethlisberger, followed by one down the left side to Sanders over William Gay. For good measure, Kashif Moore hauled one in a couple of series later.

• Despite playing most of the spring at center and guard, Kelvin Beachum took second-team snaps at left tackle with John Malecki at center. Later, Beachum moved to center and Malecki went to guard.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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