Heath Miller: \”If I Keep Stacking Good Days, It\’s Going To Be Sooner Rather Than Later\”

During a Friday interview on 105.9 The X Radio, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller was asked how his rehab is coming along with training camp about to come to a close. While he

didn\’t give a timeframe on when he might be ready to play, he did hint that he is stacking good days on top of each other right now.

“I\’m doing good, I\’m doing good,” said Miller. “Like I said from the first, I\’m just trying to take it day-by-day and try to stay positive and have a good day each day and whenever that adds up for me to come back, so be it. Obviously, if I keep stacking good days, it\’s going to be sooner rather than later.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has said all offseason he thinks there\’s a good chance Miller will be ready to go for the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, and the veteran tight end was asked if those predictions have put any unneeded pressure on him to meet them.

“It doesn\’t add any pressure,” he said. “There\’s only so much you can do in a rehab process and like I said, take it day-by-day, try to make each day a good one and hope that your body continues to heal and get ready as soon as I can.”

Thanks in part to the continued advancements being made in the medical field as it relates to quicker returns from ACL and MCL injuries, Miller was asked if he feels he is where he should be currently in his rehab based on research and what the doctors have told him.

“I think from the start they said, \’Don\’t compare yourself to other people. Your body\’s going to heal differently; it\’s going to react different to treatments; the different rehab exercises differently, so just try to make each day a positive and go from there.\'”

The consensus speculation right now is that Miller will be removed from the Active PUP list right before the start of the season, but that he won\’t be ready to play until after the bye week. None of that is guaranteed, however, as the Steelers refuse to tip their hand on what their intentions are with him at this point.

While Miller, as expected, has been pretty vague about his recovery all offseason, it does appear as though he\’s happy with the way things are coming along. That\’s all you can hope for at this point and like it or not, he won\’t have the final say as to when he returns to action.

  • steeltown

    Im going to have to continue to remind myself through the first few games of the regular season that we’ll be getting Heath back soon… very soon…

  • Patrick

    Don’t expect him back before November. This will avoid all disappointment

  • Kolie Oak

    Everybody don’t worry, Will and David will hold it down…

  • 2443scott

    the team needs everyone to help out not stand around and wait on one person to come back from a injury they are on team for a reason not sit on sidelines …everyone wants heath back and he will be when hes ready i know media love for him to return sooner then later so they can write their stories about it …but if we are that weak at TE that he has to rush back then the guys we have for TE should be released and bring some one else in …but i dont think we are that weak once he gets back it only help team when we have more then one TE to use because they gone through the fire already ……i my self am not expecting him back till after the bye week so i am ok with him rehabing till then

  • Madi

    I think the “general consensus” is that he’ll be back sometime between weeks 1 and 7, not that he will be out until week 6. People don’t know, so the consensus is vague. I sure as hell don’t think he’ll miss 4 games.

  • NW86

    If the Steelers really do intend to hold Heath out until after the bye week, they might as well start him on PUP and get to use that roster spot. The bye is week 5, so it only makes a difference of 1 extra week that he would have to sit out I think.
    That said, I would not be surprised if Heath returns to practice and dresses week 1.