Add Matt Spaeth To The List Of Players That Thinks Heath Miller Will Be Ready For Week 1

For much of the offseason, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been firm in his belief that tight end Heath Miller will be ready to go for the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. As of Friday, you can now add tight end Matt Spaeth to the Miller optimist club.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Spaeth, who has been working out with Miller, said he wouldn\’t be surprised if the Steelers all-everything tight end made it back for the Titans game.

Of course, neither Roethlisberger nor Spaeth own medical degrees, but they both must have a pretty good idea as to where Miller\’s head is currently at right now in regard to his rehab. We already know that the veteran tight end was running 100-yard sprints as the OTA practices were winding down, so he\’s definitely making good progress.

As of Friday, Miller is seven months removed from his surgery, and as expected, he was placed on the PUP list where he will stay until he is ready to practice with the team. Miller doesn\’t need to play in any of the preseason games, so he basically has another month and a half to continue rehabbing before the start of the season.

Should Miller not be ready for the first week of the season, he might be close enough to returning that the Steelers won\’t need to place him on the Reserve PUP list to start the season.

Miller apparently didn\’t talk to the media upon his arrival to Latrobe for training camp, but I suspect he will be answering a few questions about where he is currently at in his rehab process over the course of the next few days.

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  • Matt Searls

    im soooo ready for the real day one tomorrow!

  • Brendon Glad

    I hope both of those guys’ comments don’t pressure Heath Miller to play before he is actually ready. But even though I wish they’d keep quiet about his health, it’s impossible not to be encouraged that they feel so good about his progress.
    Heath Miller is one of my favorite Steelers ever…and it didn’t take long for me to hold a mantra of “never underestimate Heath Miller.”
    But I’ve gotta admit, after seeing that injury…if he rehabs and DOESN’T EVEN MISS A GAME? I will be so ecstatic and proud of him that I might break my caps-lock button as I exclaim things about it. :-)

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree with you Brendon. It goes along the lines of Rex Ryan and his predicting Super Bowls, it adds pressure and trickles down throughout the team.