It’s been 7 months since Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller underwent reconstructive knee surgery, he was put on the PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) list on Friday and he is not sure if he will be ready to go for Week 1. Miller tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in week 16 of last year and he says his recovery is still a work in progress.
“I’m just keeping my focus on the short-term,” Miller said. “And that’s making every day positive and I think that will add up to a good outcome.”
Miller participated in a modified practice at training camp today, consisting of light jogging, stretching and plyometric exercises until a rain delay postponed practice. After practiced resumed, Miller, who totaled 71 catches for 816 yards and eight touchdowns last season, watched the remainder of practice from the sideline.
“I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to sit around and watch,” Miller said. “It’s what we love to do and it’s why we are here, to be out here playing and be a part of the team, so it’s never easy for anyone to sit to the side and watch.”
But at least for now watching is going to be something he will get to know well.
With tight end David Johnson joining Miller on the PUP list and the loss of Mike Wallace, the tight ends are going to be a group to keep an eye on at camp, and Miller says they are a good group.
“Matt’s (Spaeth) played here, he’s played in the league a long time, we know he is more than capable, (David) Paulson did a great job, Jamie McCoy’s been around here a while and he’s a really good player,” Miller said. “And our new guy Pete (Tuitupou), he is sharp so I’m excited to see what he can do when we get the pads on.”
The Steelers are scheduled to practice with pads, for the first time at camp on Monday.
Listen to the entire interview with Miller here: