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Report: Heath Miller will miss at least first month of regular season

Heath Miller, Sean Spence AP

Last week, reports out of Pittsburgh were that the Steelers were planning on activating tight end Heath Miller from the physically unable to perform list before the start of the regular season.

Doing so will allow the Steelers to get Miller, who is recovering from a torn ACL, in the lineup before the first six weeks of the season are up even if he’s unable to play when the season begins. He would be able to practice once off the PUP list, something that would be impossible if he remained there. That ability to practice might be the only benefit that the Steelers wind up realizing from activating Miller, however.

According to a report from Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Miller will miss at least the first month of the regular season and perhaps longer as he tries to get himself into game shape after such a long time on the sideline. The Steelers play four games in September, have their bye week in Week Five and then play the Jets in Week Six.

If Robinson’s report is correct, then Miller will only be back for that final game and anything more would run into the same time period that he’d be required to miss if he remains on the PUP list into the regular season. He’d still take up a roster spot, though, and that could be an issue with the Steelers thin at tight end.

With Matt Spaeth out for a couple of months and David Johnson’s health also uncertain, the Steelers would be rolling with David Paulson and inexperienced other options at tight end so one wonders if there might be a push to rethink things if Miller is indeed unable to answer the bell until the middle of October.

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17 Responses to “Report: Heath Miller will miss at least first month of regular season”
  1. citizenstrange says: Aug 18, 2013 4:37 PM

    I don’t believe anything that doesn’t come from Mike “Straight Fire” Tomlin’s twitter feed.

  2. cheffyglenn says: Aug 18, 2013 4:45 PM

    What is taking so long for his recovery? And why are we doing nothing about it? We always seem to never do anything pro active when there is an injury. Last year we waited until preseason to take care of Harrison’s knee. We send Ben back when he isn’t ready. We wait to do surgery on Cortez Allen until camp. Does our medical staff need to be shaken up? Once Spaeth was hurt we should have gotten another TE. Next were gonna find out that Bell’s knee should have had surgery. Just seems were always playing catch-up to the rest of the league.

  3. oldirtyman says: Aug 18, 2013 4:46 PM

    Heathhhhhhhhh Miller is the best tight end in the AFC. He can catch passes and block. Hope he will be healthy by the end of September.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 18, 2013 4:49 PM

    Nice knowing you playoffs.

  5. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 18, 2013 4:55 PM

    I wouldn’t get too excited about anything that Alan Robinson reports. Seriously. Let’s wait and see how this plays out.

  6. jsho55 says: Aug 18, 2013 4:58 PM

    Is it just me or does it seem like TE’s are dropping like flies this off season?

  7. vincentbojackson says: Aug 18, 2013 5:07 PM

    “The Steelers play four games in September, have their bye week in Week Five and then play the Jets in Week Six.”

    In other words, the Steelers have a bye week five AND week six.

  8. scoobies05 says: Aug 18, 2013 5:24 PM

    as a ravens fans i can honestly say i am a miller fan. hoping he can come back soon

  9. bengalguy says: Aug 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    Old, soft team

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 18, 2013 8:24 PM

    Sounds like a good way to give the rest of the league to get a head start on the Steelers – you know, so it’s a fair fight for the Lombardi.

  11. steelcurtainn says: Aug 18, 2013 11:48 PM

    No Surprise here. Paulson will hold it down until Heath gets back.

  12. scoobies05 says: Aug 19, 2013 2:32 PM

    yeah…the steelers have won 2 lombardis in the last 33 years….thanks for not hogging them up

  13. doctornoah2013 says: Aug 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    This post is ridiculous. The “report” you quote on the Tribune-Review site is an offhand comment based on no factual evidence. If I saw one of the local paper columnists say, “Heath looks good but he’s limping a bit. Probably wont be back for a month, then we have a bye week” I wouldn’t start spouting off about it like it was an official medical report. That casual irresponsibility and lack of journalistic care is what fuels rumors.

    If you want information on Heath’s recovery, you can ask Jim Bradley or Robin West. Or you ask Heath, or Tomlin, or Colbert. But call pure speculation what it is so you don’t confuse people…

  14. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 19, 2013 4:24 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 2:32 PM
    yeah…the steelers have won 2 lombardis in the last 33 years….thanks for not hogging them up

    0 0 No matter how hard you try to be a steeler fan scoobies05 you’ll never be accepted as one, but keeping wishing your team had the rich history and large following the steelers have. I live within three hours of Baltimore and see zero raven gear on anybody, but see tons of steeler gear in redskin country…..outside of the inner harbor nobody cares about the ravens……but keeping trying to be a steeler fan.

  15. cheffyglenn says: Aug 19, 2013 4:30 PM

    @bengalguy: didn’t the bungels pick up one of the Steelers oldest and slowest guys this year? And I really feel sorry for your team as most residents of Ohio are Steeler or Browns fans. I mean your team actually has to go on hard knocks just to try and get fans and sell your team. Wow feel really bad for you bungle fans. But good news is there isn’t many of you to feel sorry for.

  16. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:11 PM

    scoobies:
    Over most of those 33 years, the missing link to Lombardis was Ben Roethlisberger. Everyone knows that. The Steelers were dreadful before his arrival in 2004, mired in 0-16 seasons after 0-16 seasons…
    It was so bad, Rod Woodson had to leave Pittsburgh in order to get a championship. After a stint with the 49ers, he decided to shop himself around, finally settling on the Ravens. He took a look at the Ravens’ roster and thought to himself: “Yep, that Trent Dilfer is the quarterback who’s gonna win me a Super Bowl ring.”
    The rest is history…

  17. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 19, 2013 7:55 PM

    “I live within three hours of Baltimore and see zero raven gear on anybody, but see tons of steeler gear in redskin country”

    Makes sense to me. Who else but a Steeler fan would waste so much hard earned money on paraphernalia meant for little kids. I bet you look real cute in your Roethlisbooger jersey and Troy Polamalu wig.

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