By Mike Bires
Already, the Steelers are dealing with some injuries, albeit minor ailments.
During a Friday afternoon press briefing, coach Mike Tomlin announced that tight end Heath Miller may be limited in practice in the first few days of training camp as he recuperates from sports hernia surgery. Miller had the operation in June.
Miller needed surgery after his senior season at Virginia for a sports hernia.
“I don’t know if it is directly related to what he has dealt with in the past,” Tomlin said. “We were quickly able to address it because he is familiar with what it feels like. He didn’t go to the last couple of (organized team activities in June).
“We had it looked at, acted pretty quickly and he should be ready to go. We are going to proceed with caution so that when fatigue sets in, and things of that nature, we don’t take steps backwards as we move forward.”
Tomlin said Miller, who signed a six-year, $35.3 million contract earlier this week, will be ready for the regular season.
Meanwhile, Tomlin said a four other veterans may also be limited at practice early on with various injuries.
Strong safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Deshea Townsend came to camp with tender hamstrings. Center Justin Hartwig has an undisclosed toe injury and guard/center Darnell Stapleton has some swelling in his knee.
Ironically, Hartwig said upon arriving at St. Vincent College that reports of his toe injury were originally posted erroneously on the Internet.
“I haven’t had any toe problems,” he said. “That’s all speculation that someone wrote about on the Internet. So I don’t know anything about that.”
Finally on the injury front, running back/kicker returner Stefan Logan has a mid-foot sprain and will start camp on the physically unable to perform list.
“He is not ready to go, so he will start camp on the PUP list,” Tomlin said. “The other guys (Miller, Polamalu, Townsend, Hartwig and Stapleton) who will start in a limited capacity, meaning that they will be practicing in some form or fashion.”