Heath Miller needs knee surgery

AP

The Steelers aren’t going to the playoffs, which means they won’t need to figure out how to win in the postseason without tight end Heath Miller.

Coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that Miller will require surgery to repair injuries to his ACL and MCL suffered in a 13-10 loss to the Bengals that was already painful enough for the Steelers. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports those injuries are tears and the Steelers website adds mention of a possible PCL injury as well.

“Unfortunately his season comes to an end,” Tomlin said. “He has been rock solid for us and we really appreciate his efforts. We understand injuries are a part of the game, but unfortunately it brings his season to a close.”

The injury ends another excellent season for Miller. He has 71 catches, the second-most of his career, and set career highs with 816 yards and eight touchdowns. His ability to be ready for training camp and the start of the season will be up in the air for a long while. He’s signed for the next two years for a little more than $11 million overall.

Tomlin also announced that running back Baron Batch had surgery to repair a fractured arm. He’s done for the season as well.