Steelers TE Matt Spaeth Might Return To Practice This Week

The last few weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t provide much in the way of an update on injured tight end Matt Spaeth, but that changed Tuesday during his weekly press conference.

“He hasn’t been evaluated yet today,” said Tomlin of Spaeth, who has been on the injured reserve list with the designated to return tag all season. “That evaluation is going to be important. We’ll take a look at where he is and let that be a guide in terms of his level of participation in terms of coming back to practice this week.

“We are at that point where it’s a legitimate discussion, but we’ll see what he looks like from a rehabilitation standpoint before we make that decision. Also, once we make that decision, we have 21 days to decide to activate him or no based on what we see. So we’ve got to be sure that when we put him on the field, we’ll take a look at him today and let that be our guide moving forward.”

Spaeth suffered a Lisfranc injury in training camp and has been sidelined ever since. According to Tomlin, it sounds like he might begin practicing on Wednesday if all goes well with his Tuesday evaluation.

The Steelers really could use Spaeth’s blocking in the running game as the team has been forced to use a tackle Mike Adams quite a bit in that role over the course of the last several weeks. Last season, Spaeth, who was with the Chicago Bears, was regarded as the best blocking tight end in the league by Pro Football Focus.

  • steeltown

    Good news if he’s able to get back on the field, even if it takes him awhile to get back to 100% any snaps whether practice or on Sunday should help him get re-acclimated. Besides, either Palmer/Paulson are hardly used and Gordon has been inactive, so there’s no ill effect to removing one of them to activate Spaeth

  • Eric

    I am not sure how much Spaeth would matter at this point in time

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    When he starts playing if he starts playing. I will judge how much he helps by how he performs. Not gonna get excited about this at all.

  • steeltown

    Cant get any worse than Paulson and an inactive Gordon

  • Eric

    Blocking will improve over Paulson and Gordon. I am not sure if Spaeth blocks better than Adams. Paulson is a better receiver than Spaeth

  • steeltown

    Paulson does have nice hands in the passing game, I’ve always believed that, but it doesn’t mean much when he’s been targeted only 9times on the year while splitting time because he’s a liability on the field

  • srdan

    huh? Maybe he is not an attractive tight end in Madden, but in real football, the best blocking tight end sure should matter to a team that is at the bottom of the league in rush YPA.

  • srdan

    I watched a couple bears games last year. Speath wasn’t a bad TE on our team, but his last year with the bears he was stellar. Let’s hope we get osme to fhat player.

  • steeltown

    He’s a big upgrade from what we have now, no doubt about it

  • JohnnyV1

    I’m going to wait until Coach T says Spaeth is ready to play.

  • AndyR34

    That was last year…old news! How well do you think a guy with a lingering foot injury will block? How long was he supposed to be out…8-10 weeks? It’s been about 13 or so…I consider that a lingering injury.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    A Lisfranc fracture must be one heck of an injury.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would think it varies a lot, cause look how fast Bell was able to heal from it and he suffered it after Spaeth hurt his

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Remember when there was talk he would be back after the bye week. Ha

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Bell’s was only a sprain

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Interesting scenario there assuming Spaeth and Miller are back next year would the team still look to draft (acquire?) another TE? Will Paulson, DJ or Palmer be back too? There looks to be a few good to decent TEs in this next draft class. I’m interested to see how this position shakes out for the Steelers in the offseason.

  • steeltown

    I think the starting two will be Miller and Spaeth (assuming he’s back healthy) they gave Spaeth a 2yr deal so he’s under contract through 2014.. I would assume they’ll still draft a TE to groom, the Paulson project isn’t paying dividends and I like DJ but he just cant stay on the field