If you were one of the several Steelers’ fans that was praying to see tight end Heath Miller (ACL) play in week one against the Tennessee Titans, don’t get your hopes up. Alan Robinson of Trib Total Media is reporting that Miller will not be back for at least the first month of the regular season or even longer.
With Matt Speath down as well with a foot injury, the Steelers will look to David Paulson, a second year tight end from Oregon who played all four quarters of the first preseason game against the New York Giants.
Paulson is a down grade as a blocker, but the 6’4″ 246 pound tight end seems to catch everything that is thrown his way. In his rookie season, Paulson saw action in all 16 games at tight end and on special teams. He made five starts and totaled seven receptions for 51 yards.
All offseason, reports made it look that Miller might have been able to return by week one. His biggest supporter of course was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who went on record and said he would be shocked if Miller was not playing by the first week of the regular season. As a reminder, Miller has not suffered from any set backs, but he still has a while to go before he gets back onto the field. It is better to be safe than it is to be sorry.