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Are the Pittsburgh Steelers Set If Heath Miller is not Ready to Start the Season?

June 18th, 2013 at 10:52 PM
By Mark Mihalko

While there was a touch of excitement during minicamp, when players saw Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller running on his surgically repaired knee. Unfortunately, that in no way ensures that he will be ready to start camp, or even week one. In fact, he is likely to open the season on the PUP list.

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As Steelers 101 profiled, the Steelers should have three tight ends on the opening day roster; Miller, veteran Matt Spaeth and second-year tight end David Paulson. If Miller cannot go, the easy way to fill the void would be with David Johnson, who is one year removed from an ACL injury.

With a couple million dollars remaining under the salary cap, one has to wonder if another veteran tight end could be on the RADAR for the Steelers if Miller is unable to go early in the season.

At this point, the free agent pickings appear slim. However, there are a couple of veterans that may be worth rolling the dice on for a minimum salaried deal; Dallas Clark (Tampa Bay), Kevin Boss (Kansas City) and Chris Cooley (Washington). Yes, there are potential injury concerns for all three, and none are the players they were in their prime, but they could be an upgrade at the bottom of the roster.

When the Steelers broke minicamp, head coach Mike Tomlin did not rule out signing another veteran free agent, although he did not make it sound like that would be a priority moving forward. Of course, that alone could be a sign that Miller is ahead of schedule, or it could be a smoke screen.


Tags: Chris Cooley, Dallas Clark, David Johnson, David Paulson, Football, Heath Miller, Kevin Boss, Matt Spaeth, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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