PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — According to a report by Alan Robinson of the Tribune-Review, Steelers Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller will miss the first month of the regular season while he continues to recover from ACL/MCL surgery.
The story was corroborated by Josh Alper of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, who says the Steelers are activating Miller from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. By rule, this permits Miller to still practice with the team before the first six weeks of the season pass.
The Steelers open the season Sun., Sept. 8 at Heinz Field against the Tennessee Titans. They travel to Cincinnati for a Monday night contest in Week 2 before returning home for a Sunday night game against the Bears in Week 3, then a special visit to London’s Wembley Stadium to play the Vikings before a conveniently-placed bye week.
Click here to read the full report by Alper, which also contains Robinson’s report.
Miller, who was named team MVP in 2012, suffered the injury in a Week 16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He ranks among the top five Steelers of all-time in receptions and top ten in receiving yards.
The Steelers are thin at the tight end spot with returnee Matt Spaeth also out long-term with a midfoot injury, and understudy David Johnson out for at least a few more weeks while recovering from a knee injury.
Oregon alumnus David Paulson, who made seven catches for 51 yards in his rookie season, should get most of the reps at that position for now. He was targeted twice, making one reception for 13 yards, in an 18-13 loss to the New York Giants in the Steelers’ preseason opener.
The Steelers have also added Michael Palmer via waivers Aug. 8, who caught 21 passes for 123 yards and three scores in three years with the Falcons, and undrafted free agent Nathan Overbay.