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Heath Miller needs knee surgery

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The Steelers aren’t going to the playoffs, which means they won’t need to figure out how to win in the postseason without tight end Heath Miller.

Coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that Miller will require surgery to repair injuries to his ACL and MCL suffered in a 13-10 loss to the Bengals that was already painful enough for the Steelers. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports those injuries are tears and the Steelers website adds mention of a possible PCL injury as well.

“Unfortunately his season comes to an end,” Tomlin said. “He has been rock solid for us and we really appreciate his efforts. We understand injuries are a part of the game, but unfortunately it brings his season to a close.”

The injury ends another excellent season for Miller. He has 71 catches, the second-most of his career, and set career highs with 816 yards and eight touchdowns. His ability to be ready for training camp and the start of the season will be up in the air for a long while. He’s signed for the next two years for a little more than $11 million overall.

Tomlin also announced that running back Baron Batch had surgery to repair a fractured arm. He’s done for the season as well.

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32 Responses to “Heath Miller needs knee surgery”
  1. lsuzilla says: Dec 24, 2012 12:51 PM

    Steelers are like the Ravens: both teams are getting OLD.

  2. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 12:52 PM

    Tough loss of a class act! Get well Heeeeth!!! If AD can come back you can Heeeeth stay strong…

  3. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    Foundation is crumbling. This team was destined for failure the second they lost to Tim Tebow last year. Cheers!

  4. ac540 says: Dec 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    Um, the whole team is done for the season!

  5. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    Playoffs? Don’t talk about the playoffs!

  6. ravenator says: Dec 24, 2012 12:58 PM

    Steeler fans and players have one thing in common, they can watch the Ravens in the postseason from their couches.

  7. sarasotan says: Dec 24, 2012 1:02 PM

    It’s very unfortunate that he’s seriously injured, but being out for the season doesn’t really mean very much when you’re already eliminated from the playoffs and you have only one game left.

  8. bengalsucker says: Dec 24, 2012 1:04 PM

    Ironic because this came after the same type of hit James Harrison claims that is his “new way” of hitting players. Heath wasn’t too pleased when getting up from that hit. He can thank James for mouthing off about his new spot where he hits opponents. Now maybe Heath will tell James to shut his mouth.

  9. cincinnati222 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    Bengals beat em up. I hope that this afc north match up stays competitive like this. As opposed to what has been. Miller is a great player. Hope he gets well soon.

  10. deathonwings410 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:09 PM

    “Steelers are like the Ravens: both teams are getting OLD.”

    Not entirely, especially at the tight end position. Both of the Ravens’ TEs are like 25 years of age.

  11. ironcity9 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:10 PM

    Ravens are one and done in the playoffs. They have no foundation. Joe Flacco is a rollercoaster while Ray Ray (dont stab me) Lewis and Reed will retire. Ravens have nothing to show for the last 12 years. Just early exits in the playoffs. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Cheers!

  12. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Dec 24, 2012 1:12 PM

    Heath was without any doubt the Steeler’s MVP this year. Sad to hear about his injuries and surgery.

  13. foosballisthedevil says: Dec 24, 2012 1:19 PM

    James Harrison made it a point to state he was going low to avoid headshots and fines.

    Bengals DBs accepted that challenge

  14. steelcurtainn says: Dec 24, 2012 1:20 PM

    Heath Miller had a great season for the steelers. He will be back and produce a solid season for the steelers next year like always. Can’t wait to watch the ravens crumble like they always do in January. Cheers!

  15. bigblaw says: Dec 24, 2012 1:24 PM

    the ravens are no better than the Steelers and will be a Quick out in playoffs

  16. steel420 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:25 PM

    Tough break for a classy player. Hopefully it doesn’t carry over too much into next season.

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:28 PM

    Since he’s the Steelers’ best and most reliable offensive player, here’s hoping for Miller’s complete recovery, which may take well into the 2013 season.

  18. brentfarve says: Dec 24, 2012 1:30 PM

    Guaranteed Superbowl victory for the Ravens this year!!

    Anything less and all of us trash talking, Steeler bashing Raven fans will really look dumb.

    At the end of the day the Superbowl Championship is only what matters.

  19. palomares43 says: Dec 24, 2012 1:48 PM

    hope you have a quick recovery Heath

  20. kattykathy says: Dec 24, 2012 1:52 PM

    Steelers were overrated AGAIN this year. Their obnoxious fans once again put on their blinders, sipped the Kool-Aid, and spewed nonsense at each available opportunity.

    Crushed by Touchdown Timmy last year. Done in by Bathroom Ben this year.

    What a great XMAS so far!!!!

    Maybe Santa can bring a dose of reality, some humility, and a dash of class to all the pitiful Steeler fans in the world.

  21. charlies1batch says: Dec 24, 2012 1:59 PM

    Heath and Timmons were the only two Steelers who came to play week in and week out

  22. vincentvega513 says: Dec 24, 2012 2:03 PM

    “bullied the bullies”

  23. codysteeler says: Dec 24, 2012 2:12 PM

    Time to draft tyler eifert, my fellow high school classmate!

  24. keepingitrealdumb says: Dec 24, 2012 2:53 PM

    time for steelers to rebuild .. no surprise here. what is surprising tho is how the ravens continue making the playoffs with the offense that they have

  25. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    I saw exactly when he injured his knee..rules rules from the NFL..can’t hit a player higher..they will start to hit them low now..The own words of James Harrison..Wish Heath a quick recovery

  26. raiderinva says: Dec 24, 2012 3:08 PM

    There are at least eight players still on the roster from the Bill Cowher era.

    We are now going to see how great of a coach Mike Tomlin is. He is still riding a Super Bowl winning roster, time to build your own team and win it.

  27. rtk23 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:55 PM

    Lol, good.

  28. tiggerblood says: Dec 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    I’m not sure how many steelers left the game and didn’t return
    But watching the game I saw many come out for a play or 2 or were slow to get up. Kicking them out of the play offs and beating them up pretty bad was payment enough for the cheap shot on Palmers knee in 05. Just saying…… Nananana hey hey GOOD-BYE!

  29. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:05 PM

    kattykathy:
    Define the word “overrated.”
    Most experts and pundits predicted before the season that the Steelers would finish third in the AFC North.
    Check the standings.

  30. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 24, 2012 6:23 PM

    @brent

    What in earth makes you think that you dont look stupid now?

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 24, 2012 7:54 PM

    Maybe Santa can bring a dose of reality, some humility, and a dash of class to all the pitiful Steeler fans in the world.

    I guess that must be maybe two or three. We can work on that Chatty Cathy.
    I hope you have a great year as a bungals fan. It’s great you guys came out from under the bridges after so long.

  32. scoobies05 says: Dec 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    to the poster that said the ravens are no better than the steelers. um..dude….did you happen to check the records….or the playoff matchups….looks like the ravens are much better than the steelers

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