Pittsburgh Steelers release Jonathan Dwyer, activate Heath Miller

Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer (27) runs the ball past Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah (39) and linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) in the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of running back Jonathan Dwyer and the activation of tight end Heath Miller.

Dwyer started in Pittsburgh’s final pre-season game on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers. Isaac Redman didn’t get the chance to suit up against Carolina despite his efforts to do so.

Now with Dwyer out, the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to be rolling with LaRod Stephens-Howling, Felix Jones, Isaac Redman and Le’Veon Bell in the backfield.

The release comes eight days after the Steelers acquired Felix Jones from the Dallas Cowboys. Jones apparently did enough to please Pittsburgh’s coaching staff, earning himself a roster spot before today’s 53 man roster deadline.

Pittsburgh was somewhat known for having big running backs working between the tackles but this season they have moved to an outside zone-blocking scheme.

Dwyer started six games last season and led the team with 623 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

The Steelers made another roster move, announcing the activation of Heath Miller from the physically unable to perform list. Miller missed all of training camp and pre-season due to tearing his ACL, MCL and PCL last December.

Now that he’s activated, he’s expected to be able to practice immediately. Which is good news for Big Ben and this offense.

Topics: Heath Miller, Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers

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