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Steelers tight end Heath Miller, shown during practice Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bears.

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Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 8:09 p.m.

Tight end Heath Miller went through his third straight full day of practice Friday, but the Steelers will wait before making a final determination on his availability for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Miller is listed as probable, and taking part in practice Friday is a strong indication of a player's chances of playing.

“(Friday is the) last chance to see what you can do,” Miller said. “We will see how it reacts tomorrow and go from there.”

Miller, who has been out since December with a right-knee injury, said he had no discomfort following practice Wednesday and Thursday.

“It will be a decision they make tomorrow based on the week's work,” Miller said. If he does play Sunday, Miller said to “not expect him to be in midseason form.”

Miller had 71 catches and eight touchdowns last year. Steelers tight ends have four catches for 60 yards through two games this year.

• Running back Le'Veon Bell is inching his way closer to playing following a sprained foot suffered Aug. 19.

Bell practiced fully for the second consecutive day Friday but isn't far enough along to play Sunday. He is listed as questionable.

“I was moving well (Friday),” Bell said. “I felt real confident in myself (Friday). I am continuing to progress and get my feet wet and get used to myself again, but I felt good.”

• Steelers safety Troy Polamalu can't remember exactly the last time he cut his hair but admitted it was a long time ago.

“Before I met my wife,” Polamalu said.

But don't worry, those long-flowing locks that are valuable enough to have a $1 million insurance policy on them will remain intact even after Polamalu takes part in a ceremonial haircut on Veterans Day as part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mane Event to raise money for the charity.

“I am just going to donate a lock,” Polamalu said.

Polamalu has kept his hair long in tribute to his Samoan heritage.

• Fullback Will Johnson was a big part of the Steelers offense last year. This year, not so much. Through two games, Johnson has played in seven snaps. He said he hopes that changes Sunday. “I have to be ready to go,” Johnson said. “You never know what the circumstances are, but hopefully this week we will get the run game going and they will use me more.” Through two games last year, Johnson played 31 snaps.

• Running back Jonathan Dwyer had one carry in his first game back after being re-signed but knew that might be the case. “I just have to be patient,” Dwyer said. “I knew the situation, and they told me to just be ready, and I was ready. I am going to approach it the same this week — be ready when they need me.”

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