It wasn’t enough that on Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers were eliminated from NFL playoff contention in a crushing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but news today is that star tight end Heath Miller sustained a significant knee injury that could jeopardize the start of his 2013 season.
It’s been verified that Miller tore is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and it’s possible that he’s also torn his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The recovery time for injuries like these are varied but it’s not out the realm of possibility to think he’s going to miss 8-10 months before being able to even participate fully, much less play.
During the course of the season Miller quickly became the favorite target of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a career high in yards with 816, touchdowns with 8 and just short of a career high in catches with 71. After seeing how under utilized Miller had been throughout his career, this was great for Steelers fans to see.
So the idea that this team may start 2013 without him, amid what promises to be lots and lots of changes in personnel isn’t something fans are looking forward to. There’s already a real possibility that this team will be without wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back Rashard Mendenhall due to contract problems the notion that Miller could be out for any portion of the regular season makes me cringe.
At this point much will depend on what is reported post surgery. Hopefully they aren’t serious tears and Miller is able to make a fully recovery no matter how long it takes. This season has been a serious disappointment, and adding an injury like this must be crushing for him. So here’s to a full recovery for Miller and a finish to this 2012 season with the emphasis not on a win or a loss but on finishing the year without any more serious injuries.