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Steelers place Matt Spaeth on injured reserve with ability to return

Matt Spaeth, Jarvis Jones AP

Tuesday was the first day that teams could make use of the rule allowing one player a year to return from injured reserve and the Steelers availed themselves of that option.

Tight end Matt Spaeth is the player who will hope to take advantage of being allowed to return to games after at least eight weeks on the sideline. He is eligible to start practicing in six weeks after having surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his foot.

With Spaeth out for at least two months and Heath Miller unsure of when he’ll be able to play after coming off the PUP list as cuts were made, the Steelers will be using what coach Mike Tomlin called a “committee-oriented group” to fill the position to start the season. That committee will include David Johnson, David Paulson and Michael Palmer, but Tomlin suggested the group will be even larger by saying reserve tackle Kelvin Beachum will also be in the mix for snaps.

Spaeth spent the first four years of his career with the Steelers and returned to the fold this season after two years in Chicago. Linebacker Terence Garvin was elevated after a short stay on the practice squad to replace Spaeth on the 53-man roster.

 

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8 Responses to “Steelers place Matt Spaeth on injured reserve with ability to return”
  1. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 4, 2013 10:32 AM

    September 4:
    “the Steelers will be using what coach Mike Tomlin called a “committee-oriented group”

    August 8:
    “Steelers running backs coach doesn’t want a backfield committee.”

    This is the kind of chaos and inconsistency that leads to 8-8 seasons.

  2. bengalguy says: Sep 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    Need I say it Crown?

  3. Steeley McBeam says: Sep 4, 2013 10:58 AM

    Joemontanaflacco says:

    September 4:
    “the Steelers will be using what coach Mike Tomlin called a “committee-oriented group”

    August 8:
    “Steelers running backs coach doesn’t want a backfield committee.”

    This is the kind of chaos and inconsistency that leads to 8-8 seasons.

    —————–

    Are you too stupid to know that one group are TEs and the other RBs? Its cute that you have all that time and passion to find a quote from an article from early August thou. Get a life.

  4. ziggy26 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    A tight end committee is different than a backfield committee.

    Tomlin named Isaac Redman the starting running back, Felix Jones and Stephens-Howling will be role players.

  5. rockinrodie says: Sep 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    JMF….8-8? This group isn’t talented enough to win 8 games, but they’re not as bad as Oak or NYJets either. Hopefully, the owners clean house this offseason. 4-12, top 7 draft pick is more like it.

  6. cheffyglenn says: Sep 4, 2013 11:51 AM

    Joemontanaflacco says:

    September 4:
    “the Steelers will be using what coach Mike Tomlin called a “committee-oriented group”

    August 8:
    “Steelers running backs coach doesn’t want a backfield committee.”

    This is the kind of chaos and inconsistency that leads to 8-8 seasons.

    How dumb are you not to even know the difference between TE and RB?
    But being a Rat bird fan you should know all about 500 and below seasons. Rat birds can’t be lucky again and have a winning season this year so you’ll go back to your usual second or third place in the division. Fluck-O will go back to being a mediocre QB if that.

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 4, 2013 12:07 PM

    “Fluck-O will go back to being a mediocre QB if that.”

    I wonder where Dwyer will go back to now that he’s unemployed. Not back to that crummy buffet at the Hilton, I hope.

  8. stillers213 says: Sep 4, 2013 1:43 PM

    I don’t get why the Steelers are carrying 5 TE’s? It’s not like we’re the Pats and actually utillize a TE enough to justify it. Aside from Miller, most casual fans could not even name another TE we had since Tomlin arrived. Why is Spaeth even being retained at this point? Besides, Johnson can play both FB and TE, though listed as the only FB on the roster.
    They left the roster too thin on the OL and DL IMO.

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