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Heath Miller expected to come off PUP list before regular season

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Despite injuries clouding the availability of three players at the position, the Steelers aren’t planning to add a tight end to the roster during training camp.

That’s the word from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a report that says the Steelers are content to go with David Paulson as their starter at the position if they don’t get other players healthy in time for the regular season. The player they’d most like to get back is Heath Miller, who is still on the PUP list after tearing his ACL last season.

Dulac reports that the team’s plan is to activate Miller from the list before the start of the regular season, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll play in the season opener. The team plans to let him practice for a few weeks before deciding when to let him play in a game, something he wouldn’t be permitted to do for six weeks if the team doesn’t activate him from the list before setting their roster for the start of the season.

It’s a similar course of action to the one they took with running back Rashard Mendenhall last season. Mendenhall missed the first few weeks of the season after coming off the PUP list during the summer and made his debut in the fourth game of the year.

Miller’s an important part for the offense even when everyone’s healthy, but he’s even more important with Matt Spaeth out for 8-10 weeks after surgery on a Lisfranc injury in his foot and David Johnson’s availability unclear after arthroscopic surgery to clean up some cartilage after a torn ACL last season.

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32 Responses to “Heath Miller expected to come off PUP list before regular season”
  1. stillers213 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    I hope to see him before week 4. Does anyone know the latest prognosis? Is he running & cutting yet?

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 13, 2013 1:39 PM

    That crying you hear in the background is Matt Elam.

  3. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:45 PM

    Quiet, unassuming and underrated. Steelers MVP. If Miller played for a high-profile, high-productive offense, he’d be considered the best tight end in the league.

  4. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 13, 2013 1:46 PM

    I was at TC last week and he was sprinting full field with the trainers. Obviously, thats not game action but hes further along than people expect.

  5. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 13, 2013 1:51 PM

    Hurry back Heath you make the Wahoos proud…..go big money.

  6. scoobies05 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:55 PM

    heat miller is a very good underated player than any team would be haoppy to have on their team
    thats how you do a good post crown. why bring up the ravens…obsess much?

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 13, 2013 1:56 PM

    The only question is which Raven gets to be the first to turn him into his own personal pinwheel.

  8. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 13, 2013 2:11 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 1:55 PM
    heat miller is a very good underated player than any team would be haoppy to have on their team
    thats how you do a good post crown. why bring up the ravens…obsess much?

    0 0 Scoobie that is a good post …too bad the moron that followed you can’t seem to do that…good at an alias bad at comments …ah trolls can be trying at times.

  9. stillers213 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:26 PM

    Thanks Steeley. I think Paulson can hold down the fort for a couple of weeks. His absence will require Haley to be a little more creative with getting the ball to RB’s out of the backfield.

  10. jtbsteeler says: Aug 13, 2013 2:28 PM

    He embarrassed the Ravens secondary last season.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    thats how you do a good post crown. why bring up the ravens…obsess much?
    —————————————————-
    Didn’t technically bring up the Ravens scoobie, not even sure if Elam will make the team. If not, he might be able to make the Steelers practice squad.

    And btw, have you really not paid attention to the steeler-bashing done by your fellow raven fans? Though oddly enough I never read one post from you about that. I guess you have a selective scolding approach.

  12. bengalguy says: Aug 13, 2013 2:42 PM

    Old, slow team.

  13. scoobies05 says: Aug 13, 2013 2:47 PM

    for the most part ive tried to give up the constant back and forth name calling and such. and yes i have noticed. however, crown and i have had a little back and forth going and yeah…he brought up elam so i said something back. now jb is a different story. and if u noticed i was quite complimentary towards heath…i meant what i said and i was being respectful on a steeler thread. hope all is well

  14. jtbsteeler says: Aug 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    Can’t wait to hear the excuses after we beat the Bungles week 2.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 13, 2013 3:18 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Aug 13, 2013 2:32 PM
    scoobies05 says:
    thats how you do a good post crown. why bring up the ravens…obsess much?
    —————————————————-
    Didn’t technically bring up the Ravens scoobie, not even sure if Elam will make the team. If not, he might be able to make the Steelers practice squad.

    And btw, have you really not paid attention to the steeler-bashing done by your fellow raven fans? Though oddly enough I never read one post from you about that. I guess you have a selective scolding approach.

    1 0 Crown scoobie has just two flaws that can be determined by his posts…he supports Ray Lewis and he is a raven fan. I find him to be logical, loyal and (most unraven like) objective. However, he turns a blind eye to his fellow raven fans that act like tools…JFM. Can’t blame him…I don’t apologize for our morons either.

  16. si1m says: Aug 13, 2013 3:22 PM

    scoobs don’t bother. Just let them have their fun trolling every Ravens article and take delight in the facts.

    A few teams who beat the Steelers in 2012:

    RAIDERS
    TITANS
    CHARGERS
    BROWNS
    BENGALS
    COWBOYS

    the CHIEFS didn’t have a LEAD in a single game – until Week 10 when they played the Steelers.

    These are the facts. And they are brutally honest. Hopefully there will be a Ravens article out later so everyone can get their fill of a newsworthy team.

  17. jmblosser82 says: Aug 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    Can’t wait for the ravens to be kicked back down to reality. They wasn’t as good as the fans think they were. They caught all the breaks. The defense will be improved but Flacco is going to have issues.

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    Sorry si1m. Steelers just upstaged us again by going dumpster diving for a new WR.

  19. steelcurtainn says: Aug 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    Thats great news…..Can’t wait to get “Big Money Miller” back. Like others have said, a severely underrated tight end……Hopefully, Paulson can hold it down till he gets back.

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    Sorry si1m. Steelers just upstaged us again by going dumpster diving for a new WR.

    1 1
    Report comment. Funny when the Ravens sign Stokely and Clark its the genius at work….the steelers sign a training camp player and the president of the raven trolling team feels the need to show his genius.ssshhh you are becoming like the last fly at a picnic….a pita.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    These are the facts. And they are brutally honest. Hopefully there will be a Ravens article out later so everyone can get their fill of a newsworthy team.

    Troll, you must feel the steelers are very newsworthy as you are trolling the hell out of this thread. Oh, and you left out the team the steelers Batch slapped at their house. Trash now crow later skippy.

  22. steelv says: Aug 13, 2013 4:32 PM

    Stokely age 37 – Clark age 34 – Stillers are not missing a thing. Both are one hit away from retirement. In the AFC north, they will be lucky to make it through half the season.

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 13, 2013 4:49 PM

    si1m says:

    the CHIEFS didn’t have a LEAD in a single game – until Week 10 when they played the Steelers.
    ——————————————————
    Dude, you scored 9 points against those same Chiefs, and lost to the Eagles.

    Not to mention – do you see the irony in mentioning the teams that beat the Steelers as some sort of put-down, when your team lost to that same Steelers squad you laim was awful?

  24. rockinrodie says: Aug 13, 2013 6:11 PM

    btw, the chiefs, who had talent on their defensive side, gave the world champs all they wanted. watch as reid turns that team around this year.

  25. scoobies05 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:16 PM

    i have many flaws my friend…but the two you mentioned are not among them. hope u are well

  26. steelv says: Aug 13, 2013 7:09 PM

    Yeah, we have had our struggles and many injuries. We had our 1st year with a new O coordinator who by the way the Chefs no very well – what Haley’s tendencies would be as for play calling as well as the different looks he shows at the line.
    Along with all that, we were still ok until Ben went down and never came back healthy.
    We know enough about our team to realize when we are not playing up to our potential. When we come out flat and lazy we get get pissed off more than alot of other fans because we expect better. The players know it. The coaches know it and thats why they wont be down very long.

  27. steelersfan3539 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    Watch out Dirty Birds of baltimoreeeeeee, the Heath is coming back and stronger and better than evveerrrrrrrr. He’s gonna tear up that secondary of the ravveennssssss, like he did last year! Goooooooooooooooooooo Steelerssssssssssss…………..

  28. leveonbellroy says: Aug 15, 2013 4:06 AM

    Plain and simple the most underrated TE in the league. Put him on a team like the Pats or Giants, where he would get more notoriety and people would be talking about Miller Time as one of the best in the league. Definitely top 3 overall and number 1 blocking TE in the NFL.

  29. dachozen1 says: Aug 15, 2013 9:46 AM

    Why are Steeler fans treating Heath Miller like he is Gonzales, Vernon Davis or Gronk. Heath and the team are stuck in a time warp where big, strong and slow dominated the day. Heath may have been a great tight end in the 80s but he is average in today’s game. He doesnt create any mismatches on the field.

  30. steelv says: Aug 15, 2013 4:24 PM

    We dont think Heath Miller is Gonzales, Davis or Gronk. Heath Miller has more rings than all of them.
    I doubt if defensive coaches in the league share your opinion

  31. krispyone says: Aug 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    dachozen1 says:
    Aug 15, 2013 9:46 AM
    Why are Steeler fans treating Heath Miller like he is Gonzales, Vernon Davis or Gronk. Heath and the team are stuck in a time warp where big, strong and slow dominated the day. Heath may have been a great tight end in the 80s but he is average in today’s game. He doesnt create any mismatches on the field

    Really?? So 71 receptions last year for a TE is average?? Vernon Davis only had 41, which means Miller had a better year than him, Gonzalez may have had more receptions (93) than Miller but they both had the same number of TDs (8), and Miller had a higher YPR than him. another person who doesnt know what they are talking about!!

  32. cheffyglenn says: Aug 18, 2013 5:05 PM

    I just hope Heath gets back before our season is halfway over.I really DON’T see us winning lots of games without him. Heath is way to valuable for us to not have gotten another TE when Spaeth went down.

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