December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Fear Heath Miller Will Be Unavailable For Week 1

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller isn’t getting any younger and there is a growing concern around the organization that the veteran tight end will be unable to go when the Steelers open their 2013 campaign. Miller continues to rehab from ACL, MCL and PCL surgery.

If Miller is unable to go, Matt Spaeth would get the start. Spaeth is an exceptional blocker, but he leaves a lot to be desired in the pass catching department.

Without Miller, the team loses another offensive weapon early in the season after the departure of wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back Rashard Mendenhall in free agency.

Pittsburgh will need to dig deep and find a way to find production if Miller is on the sidelines.

The Steelesrs have a long way to go in 2013 if they hope to return to the playoffs, but it certainly isn’t going to be easy any step of the way — especially if Miller is unable to suit up when the Steelers open up their season at home against the Tennessee Titans.

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  • spockmckoy

    I said last year when the injury occurred that his career is most likely over. too old to recover/diminished talent IF he recovers. too bad

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    Don’t think he shuda even been playing in that game..but that’s looking backwards. No one expects Miller to be ready game bet is to let him heal completely..FIND a run game and be more efficient in the red zone..the team is loaded with WRs & RBs that can Step up and catch some balls. Steelers never have been the best at creating mismatches in their pass game. Its so vanilla..Ward had a nack at getting open in the back and front of the endzone..Miller just always seem to be open..and has become Ben’s “Go to Guy” down there..Maybe J Brown and Burris can use their size but its up to Haley to dig deep and come up with ways to score and its up to Ben to be better finding the open man inside the $ Zone I don’t care if its a WR TE or RB