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Steelers Lose Anthony Miller, Karl Joseph to Long-Term Injuries

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Steelers WR Anthony Miller

The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost wide receiver Anthony Miller and safety Karl Joseph for what are anticipated to be long-term and potentially season-ending injuries, a team source confirmed to Alan Saunders of Steelers Now. Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports first reported that both players will be out for the season.

Joseph left Saturday’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on a cart after suffering an injury in the first half. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Joseph was being evaluated for a foot injury following practice on Monday.

A first-round draft pick of the then Oakland Raiders out of West Virginia, Joseph was signed by the Steelers following last year’s training camp. Joseph predominantly spent time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad last season. He appeared in a pair of games making two tackles.

Joseph had been competing for the second team safety spot behind incumbent Terrell Edmunds throughout camp. He has totaled 305 combined tackles, 20 passes defended, eleven tackles-for-loss and ten takeaways over his seven-year career.

Damontae Kazee, Miles Killebrew, Tre Norwood and Donovan Stiner are three other candidates for what is typically two backup safety spots.

As for Miller, he was injured during the team’s final practice session of last week on Thursday and did not take part in the preseason opener.

By seizing the opportunities created by the absence of other Steelers wide receivers, Miller had worked himself into a position to make noise to make the team’s initial 53-man roster.

Selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Miller also spent the majority of last season on the Steelers’ practice squad after being waived by the Houston Texans. He has caught 140 passes for 1,589 yards and 12 touchdowns over his five-year career. Miller spent most of 2021 on the Steelers’ practice squad.

Miles Boykin, Gunner Olszewski and Steven Sims appear to be in the mix to be the Steelers’ fifth and possibly sixth wide receivers.

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