Steelers tight end Heath Miller spoke to the media for the first time since undergoing ACL surgery in December. Miller is attending OTAs on the South Side, but only in a watching capacity.
Here is what Miller had to say:
Q: How is it going?
A: I’m pleased with everything that John (Norwig) has asked me to do so far, and I’m also pleased with the way that my knee has reacted. So far, so good, I guess.
Q: There were no tight ends drafted so you should be ready, right?
A:I don’t know, but I think it might be a little too much forward thinking. At least it is for me. I’ve had no pressure from the coaches and trainers or from anyone in the building to rush back. They just want me to be 100 percent, and I want the same thing.
Q: Is it too early to for a timetable?
A: Yeah, I think it’s a little too early to say anything like that. It’s a long time before training camp, so that’s a long time to make gains positively or maybe even for something to happen negatively. So, I’m just taking one day at a time, and I hope to get better every day.
Q: Did you have to have surgery on the PCL as well?
A: It’s healing, so Dr. Bradley has been pleased with the progress every time he’s checked it out. So, only time will tell.
Q: Can you play the entire season?
A: I’m sure there’s a chance, yeah, but that’s too far off to think about it right now. I’m just trying to get better every day, and I’m doing what I’ve been asked to do. And I’m listening to my body, so I’ll just progress that way.
Q: What is the regimen they have you on?
A: I’ve been doing a lot of lifting, trying to get all the strength back in my leg and getting the confidence back while I’m on the grass. That’s the big thing now, the main thing, because after surgery you lose a lot of strength. And then there’s some atrophy. So, I want to get it back to where it’s as strong as my other leg.
Q: Will you wear a brace?
A: I guess that’s to be decided by me and Dr. Bradley.
Q: Will that slow you down?
A: I’m always going to do what’s in my best interest, so I’ll talk with Dr. Bradley. And we’ll see what he thinks I need to do, but we don’t have to cross that bridge until we get there.
Q: Coming off good season, is this a setback?
A: No, you know, if you play this game long enough you’re not going to be healthy for your whole career. Guys who are able to do that are few and far between. So, realistically, major injuries are bound to happen sooner or later. You just have to deal with them and move on.
Q: Can team bounce back?
A: You always can improve, and that’s why we’re here working out now. But I think we have to get better individually if we have to get better as a team. And a lot of that falls back on us as an offense.
Q: Lost some offensive weapons?
A: Other guys just have to step up, and we have to play to our strengths with the guys that we have. And I believe we still have enough guys to be good. Every year, in this league, you’re going to lose somebody. So, it is what it is. It’s expected, and I don’t think anything drastic will happen on our end.
Q: Have you start running?
A:I’m running now. I’m doing everything. I’m not at full speed, but I’ve been able to do everything that they’ve asked me to do. So, I’m pleased and encouraged. It’s been a long process, and it’s still going to be a long process. But I’m going to keep taking it one day at a time and get better every day.