Pittsburgh Steelers unlikely to activate Heath Miller from PUP list ‘anytime soon’

Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) is helped off of the field after being injured against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heat Miller was injured late last season and it looks like he is still a long way from a return to the field. Miller was placed on the physically-unable to perform list and, according to eye witness reports from the team’s training camp, he will remain on the the list for a few more weeks at a minimum.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Heath Miller has yet to be removed from the physically unable to perform list and likely won’t be for at least a few more weeks. However, that hasn’t stopped the injured tight end from working out feverishly on Field 3 during practice. Miller was running nearly the length of the field dragging a heavy weight attached to a long strap, and he looked strong doing it.

Miller is aging and the health will be a major concern, so it is a bit puzzling that the team didn’t attempt to pick up a player like Tyler Eifert, Zach Ertz or Gavin Escobar early in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Instead, the team will head in to the season with Matt Spaeth as the starter at tight end, with David Paulson as the back up if Miller is not activated by that time. Tight end could be a real position of concern.

Topics: Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Umm they steelers addressed their 2 most glaring needs early. Paulson and Spaeth were better options for a decent TE was not available late. That being said both will be better then those 2 rooks

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