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Pittsburgh Steelers Injury Concerns Heading into Training Camp

July 7th, 2013 at 10:02 PM
By Mark Mihalko

As training camp nears, the offseason recovery of the injured members of the Pittsburgh Steelers becomes forefront in the minds of fans. Of course, everyone is hoping that linebacker Sean Spence would be able to start seeing some limited action in his recovery from the devastating knee injury that cost him his rookie season. While that may be a stretch in listening to general manager Kevin Colbert or members of the coaching staff, it would be an awesome and inspirational sight to see him on the field.

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To this point, the only real update has come from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who announced his knee feel great in his recovery from offseason knee surgery.  That is great news, as Roethlisberger was on his way to one of his best seasons when he was derailed by injury in 2012 and the Steelers must have him in the fold if they want to compete for a championship.

The health of Mike Adams is somewhat of a mystery at this point, with updates on his status being held close to the vest. According to initial reports, he should be available near the start of training camp in his recovery from injuries sustained in the failed carjacking incident, in which he suffered multiple stab wounds.

Like Roethlisberger, the Steelers need Adams to be healthy, as the team was building a solid rushing attack before his injury in the middle of the 2012 season. If he is not healthy enough to open camp, the Steelers may be forced to add a veteran to the competition for the right tackle position.

Of all of the injured starters, tight end Heath Miller may be the farthest away from returning as well as the most important. Last season, Miller looked at home in the new offense hauling in 71 balls for 816 yards and eight touchdowns in his injury shortened season. According to reports, Millers’ recovery from his torn ACL in on track, but can the team count on him to be ready during training camp after suffering the injury in December? At this point, no one really knows.

During OTAs and minicamp, Miller was busy rehabbing his injury and was seen running, but that s football in shorts and something much different from the regular NFL season. One thing is certain; the Steelers cannot afford to rush his recovery and must have him in place at the end of the season if they have a shot at the playoffs.

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Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Football, Heath Miller, Mike Adams, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Sean Spence

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