Steelers TE Spaeth On IR; Miller’s Return Still TBD
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers placed tight end Matt Spaeth on the Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return List, the team announced today. To fill their 53-man roster, the Steelers signed rookie linebacker Terence Garvin to their active roster from the practice squad.
By rule, Speath, who would normally back up Heath Miller, may return to practice after spending at least eight weeks on the Reserve/Injured List.
He was entering his second stint with the franchise, suffered a Lisfranc (midfoot) injury to his right foot during training camp. He returned to Pittsburgh after spending two seasons in Chicago.
Spaeth originally made five touchdowns on 36 catches totaling 273 yards over four years in Pittsburgh.
Garvin, who will wear No. 57, was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of West Virginia earlier this year but was released in the team’s final roster cuts this past weekend. He was then signed to the practice squad.
First-year wide receiver Kashif Moore was added to the practice squad to replace Garvin.
Miller, the 2012 team MVP and one of the all-time leading receivers in franchise history, is still trying to get his surgically repaired ACL/MCL in playing shape, as Josh Alper of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk reported.
He racked up 816 receiving yards and eight TD’s in 2012.
The Steelers host the Tennessee Titans at 1:00 Sunday on KDKA-TV to open the 2013 regular season.