Heath Miller activated off PUP list

 

Steelers TE Heath Miller has been officially activated off PUP list. Miller is expected to practice this week and there’s chatter that he could be a few weeks ahead of schedule and return before the Steelers week 5 bye. The Steelers enter the season carrying five WR’s with Matt Spaeth (foot) expected to go on designated injured reserve.

Don’t count out Heath Miller being ready for week 1 and having big 2013 season

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team flying under the radar in regards to expectations in 2013 and fortunately not suffering from a huge amount of offseason injury concerns, but in light of the losses they are experiencing due to free agency placements and roster cuts, this is a blessing. Unfortunately the one player that is injured is one of the few players worth monitoring and is also their best offensive weapon from last season, so right now there is a lot of energy focused on getting tight end Heath Miller healthy. Miller tore both his ACL and MCL in his knee and underwent surgery in December to repair both ligaments. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has said in the past that he doesn’t expect players recovering from major knee injuries to be 100 percent healthy for one year. Miller, though, seems to be recovering at a rapid rate and is probablyRead More »

Combine Buzz: Steelers won’t reach for a tight end but adding a pass catching threat early is intriguing

 

COMBINE BUZZ The Steelers enter the off-season with wide receiver, outside linebacker, running back, safety and inside linebacker as their top five needs in the draft. Going one of those five positions with the first three selections is very likely but GM Kevin Colbert again today said at the NFL combine that all positions are in play. “At 17 {we’re} going to have a lot of options available,” Colbert told reporters on Thursday. Colbert also spoke about the Steelers not ruling out the possibility of drafting a quarterback early. One darkhorse position early in the draft is going to be tight end and it’s an intriguing position. Tight end Heath Miller turns 31 in October and is not expected to be ready for start of the season after suffering a torn ACL on December 23rd. Colbert expects Miller to be back at somepoint in 2013 but not at full strengthRead More »

The ‘Players Choice’: Heath Miller’s teammates on the Pro Bowl tight end being named Team MVP

 

By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their annual award-winners Thursday, and tight end Heath Miller was the players’ choice as team MVP. It’s the first team MVP award for Miller, who was the first tight end to receive it. “It’s an honor. It would be humbling but the overriding factor would be the disappointment of the season and not doing what we set out to do. Miller, recently named to his second Pro Bowl, was on pace for his best season. He leads with 71 catches, five short of his single-season mark in 2009. Miller already has established career highs for a single season with 816 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Since he is on injured reserve after knee surgery Thursday, Miller’s team-best catch total might not hold up. If it does, he will be the first tight end to lead the team in receptions since EricRead More »

Steelers – Wednesday: Weighing in on the Stagnant Running Game

 

By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Running back Rashard Mendenhall is tied for 23rd in the NFL with 148 rushing yards in three games, a 3.0 average per run and just one touchdown, and the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the same ranking in team rushing. Sure, it’s just three games, but this is a marked difference from past years when the Steelers have been rated among the NFL’s best rushing offenses, while Mendenhall has been near the top as well. He had 1,108 rushing yards (4.6 average) and seven touchdowns in 2009 and 1,273 yards (3.9) with 13 scores this past season. Other than the obvious, that the Steelers offensive line has been ravaged by injuries and the play has been sub-par at best, some believe that Mendenhall isn’t running as hard as before. The running back disagreed. “The run game is a lot bigger than one person, the offensive line orRead More »

Post-Cleveland Judgements

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers chances of earning a playoff berth took another serious blow Thursday night as the Steelers lost their 5th straight game in what has become a stunning collapse for a team that had the look of being another Super Bowl contender, through the first eight weeks of the season. The AFC playoff picture is bunched up and even if the Steelers found a way to turn things around and win out, which appears very unlikely, their conference losses (6) has them needing Jacksonville to lose 3 games, Baltimore to lose 2 games and the Jets losing 2 games for a chance to clinch the 6th seed. JAX 7-5 (Miami, Indy, at New England, at Cleveland) BAL 6-6 (Detroit, Chicago, at PIT, Oakland) Miami 6-6 (at Jacksonville, at Tennessee, Houston, PIT) NY Jets 6-6 (at Tampa Bay, Atlanta, at Indy, Cincinnati) PIT 6-7 ( Green Bay, Baltimore, at Miami)Read More »

Steelers blank Bills 17-0

 

Pittsburgh 17 – Buffalo 0 Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports In their most important game of the preseason, the defending Super Bowl champions put on a dominating performance in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger went 15-of-19 for 168 yards and James Farrior had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills 17-0 Saturday night. Post-Game Observations