Heath Miller 'close' to returning to Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Heath Miller is not practicing with the Steelers just yet, but the veteran tight end acknowledged that coming off the physically unable to perform list (PUP) is a big deal.

Heath Miller

Heath Miller

#83 TE
Pittsburgh Steelers

2012 STATS

  • Rec71
  • Yds816
  • TD8
  • Avg11.5
  • Long43
  • YAC368

The Steelers added Miller, who is coming back from reconstructive knee surgery, to their 53-man roster last Saturday making the team's 2012 MVP eligibile to practice and play in games.

“Obviously I'm close,” said Miller, who hurt his knee in the penultimate game of 2012. “It's just a few more steps I've got to take. I'm feeling good.”

Miller did not offer any timetable for his return. Coach Mike Tomlin could do so Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

Miller would not have been allowed to practice or play in any games until after the sixth week of the season had he stayed on the PUP list when the Steelers set their 53-man roster.

  • Isaac Redman, who expects to start at running back Sunday against the Titans, said he practiced on Monday and felt fine. Redman had been hampered by a pinched nerve, an injury that caused him to miss the Steelers' final three preseason games.

  • Rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones practiced for the first time since bruising his chest in the Steelers' third preseason game. The first-round pick will play against the Titans barring a setback.

  • Second-round pick Le'Veon Bell, meanwhile, said he is not longer in a walking boot. The rookie running back is already doing some jogging as he works his way back from a mid-foot sprain. Bell said he hopes to return for the second game of the season. But, he added, “I'm not going to rush this process. I'm just going to make sure I get back to 100 percent before I do anything else.”