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Heath Miller’s off PUP, still not sure when he’ll be back on field

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The Steelers didn’t leave tight end Heath Miller on the PUP list to start the regular season, which indicates that they fell fairly confident that he will be able to fully participate in practice and/or play in games before the first six weeks of the season have elapsed.

It’s probably not going to be in time for the first game of the season, however. Miller said Monday that he’s getting “closer and closer” to rejoining his teammates a little more than eight months after tearing his ACL but that’s about as specific as he can get in terms of when he’ll be ready for a full workload.

“I know Coach is going to keep everybody up to date as the week goes along, but I’m still keeping the same mindset, trying to make improvements every day so when the time comes I’m fully ready to go,” Miller said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Miller became a vital part of the Steelers offense pretty much immediately after his arrival in Pittsburgh and his role hasn’t gone down a bit as the years have flown by. He figures to continue in that role once more this season as soon as his knee allows him to get the green light.

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26 Responses to “Heath Miller’s off PUP, still not sure when he’ll be back on field”
  1. sbchampsagain says: Sep 3, 2013 10:23 AM

    He better be back soon.
    My FF team is depending on him!

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 3, 2013 10:24 AM

    Won’t be needed until Wk 3. Tenn and Cinc will be easy W’s.

  3. bengalguy says: Sep 3, 2013 10:39 AM

    Old slow team…..get ready for your annual beatsown by the Force in the North!!!!!

  4. bengalguy says: Sep 3, 2013 10:41 AM

    Hey Crown, you guys haven’t had an “easy” W in 2 years…..and you CERTAINLY wont have one this year! Hilarious watching your ownership letting this team get so Old & Slow!!!!! Bwaaaahhhhhhaaaaa!

  5. citizenstrange says: Sep 3, 2013 10:48 AM

    Bring him back after the bye week.

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 3, 2013 10:50 AM

    Bengalguy, I heard the league is considering a new rule to promote competitiveness – if Cin happens to squeek into the playoffs, they have to give their spot to some one who actually has a chance to win a game.

    Shouldn’t you be trolling Jets or Bucs boards – keep it in the same class.

  7. ziggy26 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:56 AM

    Now that the final rosters have been announced, I think that this stat is appropriate:

    Pittsburgh Steelers average age: 26.45
    Cincinnati Bengals average age: 25.91

    The average Steeler is 6 months older than the average Bengal.

  8. bengalguy says: Sep 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    Crown????? I’m just trying to give the Squelnation a little taste of their own medicine. Of all the fans in all the sports, their are no fans….& I repeat NO FANS that are as egotistical and self-righteous as you people. You feel somehow you are entitled every year to be considered in talks of the Super Bowl when in fact your merely an avg. team with avg. players and below avg. ownership.
    Squeler fans drag down the reputation of a good city with their hipocrisy!
    YOUR TEAM STUNK LAST YEAR & WILL THIS YEAR AGAIN MY FRIEND….YOU KNOW IT, THE LEAGUE KNOWS IT & SO DO ALL THE NATIONAL PUNDITS!!!!!
    Stay classy @ the bottom of the barrel!!!!!

  9. steelcurtainn says: Sep 3, 2013 11:40 AM

    Playing the Bungles is like having a bye week(automatic win). No, in all seriousness, I expect the game in cincy(week 2) to be a little bit tougher but the Bungles are going to get whupped when they visit the Big Ketchup Bottle.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 3, 2013 11:48 AM

    Oh yeah, you should also use more exclamation marks and capital letters.

  11. schmitty2 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:02 PM

    sbchampsagain says:Sep 3, 2013 10:23 AM

    He better be back soon.
    My FF team is depending on him!

    Hate to break it to you but if Heath Miller is your Fantasy tight end I’m not liking your chances of winning your league.

  12. jmblosser82 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:07 PM

    Steelers will find an offense, the defense will keep them in games, look for 10 wins and a wildcard berth.

  13. jmblosser82 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:13 PM

    Also steelernation does not believe the team should be in SB talks every year, this team was .500 last year barely missed the playoffs, they got younger on defense a little and alot younger on offense. Who has been better then the steelers the last 40 years in the nfl, AFC, or even the AFCN? No one. Who’s been better then the steelers the last 15 years, not many teams. So yes, we are high on our team, but they have the titles to back it up.

  14. bengalguy says: Sep 3, 2013 12:20 PM

    Hey papercurtain….you are EXACTLY what I’m talking about! Self-righteous Pissburgh fan to a T! Bengals by 13 in “The Jungle” & we win by 6 in that dump of a stadium in Stealville!!!

  15. bengalguy says: Sep 3, 2013 12:21 PM

    CINCINNATI> Pittsburgh!

  16. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 3, 2013 12:26 PM

    I’m sure the Titans are just shaking in their boots worried about the return of a broken down TE. Steelers are going to get a real wake up call on Sunday. But I doubt it will wake them up.

  17. scoobies05 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:28 PM

    hey jm…in the last 15 years the steelers have as many titles as the ravens, giants, and fewer than the patriots. and since the amazing run of the 70s the have fewer titles than the patriots, cowboys, 49ers, giants, redskins. yes the steelers are a great franchise and yes they are always in the hunt. but other than the run of the 70s, as far as titles, just soso

  18. Steeley McBeam says: Sep 3, 2013 12:32 PM

    Bengals fans all over Steelers articles calling the Steelers fans self-righteous now that they’ve made the playoffs 2 years in a row. Man, I’d hate to see how you would act if you had two Super Bowl wins on 3 appearances this decade and 6 total Lombardis. From what you’ve shown so far it would be much worse than any Steelers fan…

  19. jmblosser82 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:44 PM

    Scoobs, only the patriots have more SB wins and appearances and conference titles and appearances then the steelers. Steelers are still the top dog in the AFCN, they will be in the wildcard hunt this year, but still a couple more years till another SB hunt.

  20. ziggy26 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:51 PM

    So out of 32 NFL franchises, there are only five that have more titles than the Steelers over the past 33 years.

    And this is an argument for them being “just soso” since the 70’s? Huh?

  21. trashcompactor3 says: Sep 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    Howmany rings do you have? The bungels are the last team the Steelers worry about, if we worry about u at all. SUP ON THAT!

  22. steelerben says: Sep 3, 2013 2:24 PM

    @bengalguy: The Steelers are 212-123-1 since 1992 (the beginning of the post Noll era) with 14 trips into the post season, three Super Bowl appearances, two Lombardis and only 3 sub .500 seasons(2006, 2012 were 8-8). There is an expectation of winning because there is a history of it.

    No team is going to dominate for 20 years without laying the occasional egg, but with the continuity in the ownership, coaching staff and front office, the team hasn’t seen much “rebuilding”.

    I’m being realistic this season and thinking that a wildcard is going to be a best case scenario. The team is changing from power blocking to zone and the o-line is young and haven’t had much of a chance to develop communication; the running back situation with injuries is a concern; some key players on defense are starting to look a bit past their sell by date; and the special teams have been pretty poor the last few seasons.

    All that said, I’m going to be jerseyed up and waiving my terrible towel every week regardless.

  23. kilgore56 says: Sep 3, 2013 8:15 PM

    Actually the Steelers have 4 SB appearances since 1992. And what have the Bengals accomplished during that time you ask? ZERO PLAY OFF WINS.

  24. scoobies05 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:31 PM

    yup…since steeler fans love to say how they have the most rings and are the greatest franchise ever, my arguement is since rings are what you base your success on, 2 in 33 years is just really not impressive. combine that with one truly dominant championship era the steelers when in comes to championships are soso. 6 in over 80 years. not great for a supposed greatest ever. and spare me the leather helmets era nonsense. someone played for those titles and it wasnt the steelers. now, the steelers are an outstanding franchise with many great achievements…they are always in the hunt and deserve respect. but so are a lot of teams

  25. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 4, 2013 4:08 PM

    yup…since steeler fans love to say how they have the most rings and are the greatest franchise ever, my arguement is since rings are what you base your success on, 2 in 33 years is just really not impressive. combine that with one truly dominant championship era the steelers when in comes to championships are soso. 6 in over 80 years. not great for a supposed greatest ever. and spare me the leather helmets era nonsense. someone played for those titles and it wasnt the steelers. now, the steelers are an outstanding franchise with many great achievements…they are always in the hunt and deserve respect. but so are a lot of teams

    I guess when you get six your opinion will betaken more seriously…right now you are a jealous wannabe trying to minimize what the steelers have done. Envy drives the weak to whine…

  26. yourteamstinks says: Sep 4, 2013 9:02 PM

    It cracks me up to see a Bengals fan run their mouth. You gotta win something first brah.

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