Mike Tomlin Says Steelers TE Heath Miller Is Progressing Nicely

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday during his press conference that tight end Heath Miller, who remains on the Active PUP list, will not play Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers, but the fact that he included him in his run down of the injured players is encouraging.

“He’s doing great, he really is,” Tomlin said, when asked to give an update on Miller. “We’re going to look more hardcore at him when we get back from Carolina, obviously, but the fact that I mentioned his name will give an indication that things are progressing and progressing nicely.”

This is certainly great news as Miller is currently just eight months removed from his knee surgery and it is looking good that he will be removed from the PUP list prior to next Tuesday.

While he still might not be ready for the season opener, Miller will at least be able to start working his way back into football shape as he will be allowed to practice with the team once removed from the PUP list.

  • steeltown

    Great News

  • StrengthOfVictory

    While I would LOVE to have Miller back in time for MNF against Cincy, my guess is that he’ll play in London against Minnesota. With the bye week right after, that will be an ideal time to evaluate how he responds to game action.

  • JohnnyV1

    “he’s doing great” relative to what? Other than being positive (which Coach T almost always is) it offers no insight on Heath Millers availability. Each injury is different. If we look at Mendenhall’s injury, which happened in a similar time frame (late in the season) he needed 4-6 weeks into the season to be ready to play. Miller’s injury was much more severe. The PUP list is a possibility, hopefully not, but it’s possible.

  • Mike.H

    2 months ago, Heath ran in full speed across the field and all his teammates smiled with contentment.

    What happened since? some sort of setback?

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Why would you think that? Playing the TE position…any football position for that matter…is more than running in a straight line. Hell, it’s more than running. As a TE, you have to push people and be pushed BY people…all anchored by your LEGS.

  • Mike.H

    I meant Heath’s gonna miss a few games and won’t be ready…

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Zach Miller was released by the Seahawks. He’ll probably get snatched up by the Dolphins tho.

  • Mkeller

    A couple games? Sold! I’m going to go ahead and look on the bright side of this story.