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Ben Roethlisberger has “no doubt” Heath Miller will play Week One

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Earlier this week, Steelers tight end Heath Miller said there was a “chance” he’d be able to play the entire 2013 season after tearing his ACL late last season but admitted there’s no timetable yet for his return to full activity.

“Yeah, I think it’s a little too early to say anything like that. It’s a long time before training camp, so that’s a long time to make gains positively or maybe even for something to happen negatively,” Miller said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “So, I’m just taking one day at a time, and I hope to get better every day.”

Miller’s quarterback has a more optimistic take on the tight end’s recovery. During an appearance on WDVE on Thursday, Ben Roethlisberger said that he had “no doubt” that Miller would be on the field for the first week of the season and that his bigger concern is keeping Miller from doing too much too fast as he gets ready for the games to begin.

“The biggest thing is going to be trying to hold Heath back because I think he’s gonna want to get out there too soon,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m gonna fight to say ‘Heath, don’t play in any preseason games. Just get out there for the regular season.’”

The Steelers seem to be approaching things the same way as Roethlisberger. They didn’t draft a tight end in April and their only move of note at the position in free agency was bringing back Matt Spaeth, who has stuck in the NFL the last six years because of his skills as a blocker.

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33 Responses to “Ben Roethlisberger has “no doubt” Heath Miller will play Week One”
  1. greglloydrules says: May 23, 2013 12:34 PM

    I would hate to have him miss even a game. One of the best TE in the league and one of the most underrated players to ever play.

  2. jtbsteeler says: May 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    Heath “The Ravens killer” Miller. On deck for the beginning of the season.

  3. Joemontanaflacco says: May 23, 2013 1:12 PM

    Big Ben is praying someone is there to grab his jumpballs and wobbly 15 yard Hail Marys. Seems unfair to put so much pressure on an injured player. Did the Steelers hire RGIII’s doctor?

  4. jtbsteeler says: May 23, 2013 1:33 PM

    Now Ben throws jumpballs? You’re reaching. Mid-season last season you were one of the Ravens fans calling for Joe and Cameron to get out of here. The Raven FO knew better by not extending Joe before last season.

  5. buzzbeaubank says: May 23, 2013 1:41 PM

    jtbsteeler says: May 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    Heath “The Ravens killer” Miller.
    ———————–
    Raven Killer? I guess 5 career TDs in 16 games isn’t bad (7-9 W/L), but he’s had exactly one TD since 2007, and 3 catches per game for 30 yards is hardly a “killer”.

    That said, I hope he’s back at 100% week one and has a couple more years left in him.

  6. andrewproughcfe says: May 23, 2013 2:02 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    May 23, 2013 1:12 PM
    Big Ben is praying someone is there to grab his jumpballs and wobbly 15 yard Hail Marys. Seems unfair to put so much pressure on an injured player. Did the Steelers hire RGIII’s doctor?

    ====================

    Hahaha – Ravens fan who wanted to cut Flacco last season – now he’s an expert on qb’s.

  7. jjackwagon says: May 23, 2013 2:04 PM

    Heath “The Ravens killer” Miller? Somebody needs to take their pissburgh goggles off.

  8. flash1283 says: May 23, 2013 2:11 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: May 23, 2013 1:12 PM

    Big Ben is praying someone is there to grab his jumpballs and wobbly 15 yard Hail Marys. Seems unfair to put so much pressure on an injured player. Did the Steelers hire RGIII’s doctor?


    Really a Ravens fan calling out another QB for throwing jump balls.

    Are we forgetting about you own QB, Jump Ball Joe?

    Oh how reality will slap him in the face with Boldin to bail him out!

  9. flash1283 says: May 23, 2013 2:12 PM

    “without Boldin to bail him out”

  10. scoobies05 says: May 23, 2013 2:15 PM

    jb you barely know whats going on with your team…dont pretend you know anything about the ravens other than they are the champs. no true ravens fan wanted joe replaced. we all knew that cam was the issue. once he was replaced joe and the rest of the offense took over and the ravens took the super bowl and scoring more than 23 pts in every playoff game including games against denver and sf, a points threshold the mighty ben crossed once, against oakland. i hope miller comes back…hes a good player and seems to be a good guy. but until you guys get an offense to go with your defense it doesnt matter. its a qb league…our guy is stepping up and your guy is regressing

  11. thesteelers says: May 23, 2013 2:26 PM

    Best QB and TE in the league. Six time world champs and the rest remains jealous of our undying authority.

  12. buzzbeaubank says: May 23, 2013 2:31 PM

    January 2013: When perfectly thrown back shoulder passes and 70 yard bombs suddenly became known as “jump balls.” I wonder what they used to call Ben’s off-balance heaves after breaking 3 or 4 tackles behind a garbage O-line?

  13. bengalguy says: May 23, 2013 2:47 PM

    Lets not forget….it was a BENGAL that took him out. It was a fun ride Heathbar….but the train is pulling into the station, along with the other 52 deadbeats on that aging roster! This will be Cincys division for the next 5 years. Go shine sll your OLD rings Stoolernation!!! The other shoe has dropped. WHODEY!!!

  14. Joemontanaflacco says: May 23, 2013 2:48 PM

    If Roethlisbooger is so good how come the Steelers were one step away from the basement in the AFC North last year? If he’s so good, how come Tim Tebow was the hero in the last playoff game the Steelers played? If he’s so good, how come Aaron Rodgers knocked him out in the SB? Those lucky desperation tosses go only so far. Miller and Sanders aren’t going to risk their careers jumping in the middle of a pile of defenders. Jumpball Ben better find a good running back and fast!

  15. CKL says: May 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    Before the draft I thought Pitt’s two biggest needs were TE and RB. Miller is a very good player but he’s not going to be the same this year. ACLs take a whole season to get right from unless your name is Adrian Peterson.
    To tha Ravens’ troll, I dislike Ben but the guy is definitely a better passer than he gets credit for (but not as good of a QB as he gets credit for).

  16. crownofthehelmet says: May 23, 2013 2:51 PM

    scoobies05 says:

    …no true ravens fan wanted joe replaced.
    —————————————————-
    Eh, that’s a stretch. I recall multiple mid-season articles/comments clamoring for Ray Rice to get the ball more. You don’t hear that much from teams/fans that are completely sold on their QB.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: May 23, 2013 3:14 PM

    buzzbeaubank | May 23, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT
    January 2013: When perfectly thrown back shoulder passes and 70 yard bombs suddenly became known as “jump balls.” I wonder what they used to call Ben’s off-balance heaves after breaking 3 or 4 tackles behind a garbage O-line?

    Just plays that led them to three Super Bowls not just one. Ben is a better QB than jump ball Joe and has one more ring to prove from behind that garbage o line.

  18. scoobies05 says: May 23, 2013 3:27 PM

    to crown…you are right and wrong. rice is such a weapon so why not get him the ball more? not a reflection on joe per se…but rice can do so much. to nofool….ben has certainly had a better career. no arguement on that. but right now joe is the better qb

  19. pflore2 says: May 23, 2013 3:57 PM

    thesteelers says:May 23, 2013 2:26 PM

    Best QB and TE in the league. Six time world champs and the rest remains jealous of our undying authority.

    Oh my … seriously? The best QB in the league? Which is defined as what: the best at holding on to the ball too long, being indicisive and inaccurate? Being over-rated? Check out Ben’s SB stats … not exactly inspiring, so before you talk about how good Ben is, you better have more to say than “look at his SB rings” because that is a team thing, not a Ben thing.

  20. crownofthehelmet says: May 23, 2013 3:59 PM

    to scoob…you’re right and wrong. Right: Rice is a weapon; Wrong: Joe will never be better than Ben. Even a retired Ben will be better than a floundering Flacco.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: May 23, 2013 4:30 PM

    scoobies05 | May 23, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT
    to crown…you are right and wrong. rice is such a weapon so why not get him the ball more? not a reflection on joe per se…but rice can do so much. to nofool….ben has certainly had a better career. no arguement on that. but right now joe is the better qb

    Joe is a work in progress, but this year with some questions on offense will see if jump ball can carry the load like Ben has to with a bad o line, but a good defense. One season does not make him a better QB even when wearing purple glasses.

  22. scoobies05 says: May 23, 2013 4:54 PM

    to crown….if you cant see joe getting better, especially after the playoff run, then you arent as astute of a football fan as i thought you were. but we are all entitled to our opinions. joe has the record, the trophy, and the mvp award to back it up
    to nofool…its not about colored glasses. its about seeing whats in front of you. i clearly said joe doesnt have the career success of ben at this point of his career. for that matter neither does rodgers. but right now, today, coming off of the playoff run that culminated with the sb, joe is better. ben’s season ended with another dreadful pick 6. joe’s ended hoisting a lombardi. we will see how the season plays out

  23. steel2372 says: May 23, 2013 7:03 PM

    buzzbeaubank

    Not sure where you got your stats from but just in 2 games last season against the Ravens Raven killer Miller had 7 catches for 119 yards and a td.

  24. antibenapalooza says: May 23, 2013 7:05 PM

    I am hoping Heath plays the entire season and Rottenberger gets canned before it starts!

  25. buzzbeaubank says: May 24, 2013 6:38 AM

    steel2372 says:
    May 23, 2013 7:03 PM
    buzzbeaubank

    Not sure where you got your stats from but just in 2 games last season against the Ravens Raven killer Miller had 7 catches for 119 yards and a td.
    ———————-
    You understand how averages work, right?

  26. steel2372 says: May 24, 2013 9:02 AM

    Joemontanaflacco

    How soon everyone forgets The Steelers were actually playing very well last year before Ben’s injury. This offense should be very good this season. The defense will continue to be one of the top three in the league. 8-8 is distant memory its a new day. I see this team getting at least 10 wins maybe 12. Go Steelers!

  27. steel2372 says: May 24, 2013 9:03 AM

    Defense wins championships

  28. crownofthehelmet says: May 24, 2013 10:43 AM

    buzzbeaubank says:

    I wonder what they used to call Ben’s off-balance heaves after breaking 3 or 4 tackles behind a garbage O-line?
    ———————————————————
    Poetry in motion.

  29. scoobies05 says: May 24, 2013 11:10 AM

    got it…so when ben and joe do the same things ben is a god and joe is lucky? crown, put down whatever it is you are smoking

  30. evansavage1 says: May 24, 2013 7:16 PM

    1….Ravens fans are the most ridiculous people on the face of planet. Ben throws jump balls? Did you watch the super bowl? Without his receivers having the sense to come back to his underthrows….the Ravens don’t win. Also, Ben is top ten all time in yards per pass…..this translates to having the best Deep Ball in the game today. 2nd. At least the steelers didn’t overpay for a mediocre QB at best. A QB that demanded the money and Ozzie fell into his trap….what else is new. The Ravens had to take some ridiculous cap hits in order to sign can’tthrowJoe to his demanded contract. Unlike the gayvens the Steelers refused to pay Wallace the money he demanded because they new he wasn’t worth a cent more than they were willing to offer. Yeah…He’s fast….but he can’t catch a ball on a simple hook pattern. Oh, by the way, if wallace catches a ten yard pass in SB against the Packers, the steelers march down the field and win the game. But….Wallace was and is a one trick poney.

    Ravens fans will always jealous of Pittsburgh. One….Have you been to Baltimore?????It sucks bad…..two….The ravens were founded on crooked grounds and continue their crooked ways by signing every criminal who they think can play the game….hence why the Ravens have 2 SB’s to Pittsburgh’s…….6. Get over it Ravens fans…..you will always be the little brother to the Steelers. Yeah, we ended the season in 3rd. Ben was injured half the season along with a lot of the top-ranked-defense contributors. Have fun with bad receivers and a bad defense this season…..and give thanks to cantthrowJoe for mediocrity.

  31. scoobies05 says: May 25, 2013 6:56 AM

    great post. you set the record for excuses and what ifs. ben has had a great career and is old and in decline. joe is on the rise and has the sb mvp to prove it. and the “gayvens”….are you 12? come back when you grow up

  32. scoobies05 says: May 25, 2013 1:28 PM

    ben also “had no doubt” those girls wanted to be in the bathroom with him.

  33. Joemontanaflacco says: May 25, 2013 3:09 PM

    I Pitta the fool that has to spend all day jumping for Jumpball Ben’s wobbly, Hail Mary style checkdowns.

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