Heath Miller injury: Steelers TE might not be ready Week 1

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Heath Miller's extensive knee surgery may keep him out for the regular season opener.

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller is still recovering from a massive knee injury, and he may not be ready for the regular season. Miller remains "out indefinitely" and there is a "strong possibility" he won't be healthy in time for Week 1, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Miller tore his ACL, MCL and PCL in late December and had reconstructive surgery in early January. Before the injury, he had been featured as a major weapon in Todd Haley's offense, recording 71 catches for 816 yards and eight touchdowns. It was the first time since 1966 that a tight end led all Pittsburgh players in receptions.

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If Miller isn't ready to go for the season, the team will likely turn to Matt Spaeth as the starter. Spaeth is an excellent blocker — Pro Football Focus graded him as the best blocking tight end in the league — but he has never caught more than 17 passes in a season. He signed a two-year, $2 million deal with the Steelers in the offseason.

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