It should be a little disconcerting to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that the Steelers scored only 56 points in four preseason games fewest in the AFC and second fewest in the NFL.

But after the offense put up its lowest total in a 25-10 loss Thursday night to the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte Roethlisberger said he likes the offense and is ready to break out more of the attack when the regular season begins in eight days.

"I think we have a lot of weapons in all phases" Roethlisberger said. "I know people look at me funny sometimes but I really think the offensive line is going to be good. They'll drive us in both the run game and passing game."

Roethlisberger and his top wide receivers Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders were held out of the game against the Panthers even though they were healthy enough to play. Between them Brown and Sanders managed 12 catches for 186 yards and no touchdowns in the preseason.

But Roethlisberger said those players will have to be productive to help make up for the loss of tight end Heath Miller who is recovering from offseason surgery to repair multiple ligament tears including his ACL.

Miller could be taken off the physically unable to perform list today a move that would allow him to begin practicing with the team though not necessarily play right away. If Miller is not taken off the PUP list the Steelers will have to wait six weeks before they can add him to the active roster.

A year ago the Steelers took running back Rashard Mendenhall off the PUP list Aug. 17 after offseason ACL surgery but Mendenhall didn't play until the fourth game of the season.
"The receiving corps is going to have to step up" Roethlisberger said. "We got guys -- I think [David] Paulson has done a good job -- they have to make plays. I think we'll be OK. You always want [Miller] out there he's the best tight end in the game but we have to execute and do the best we can until he's back."
Should the Steelers be concerned about their lack of offense? Well maybe not.