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Kaboly: Spaeth is coming back … but when?


Mark Kaboly  |  Tribune-Review


The Steelers could be getting a boost to their running game shortly with the return of one of the better blocking tight ends in the league in Matt Spaeth … maybe.
Spaeth, who was put on injured reserve/designation to return at the beginning of the season because of a lisfranc foot injury, is eligible to be activated, but won’t tip his hand if that time is right around the corner or not.


“I am working hard every day and doing what I can do to get back,” Spaeth said.


Translation: Spaeth isn’t allowed to divulge to the media when he plans to return.


“Yeah, I can’t tell you,” Spaeth said with a grin.


All signs say that it could be soon. Spaeth has been without a boot on his foot for some time now indicating that his return is imminent.


The Steelers signed Spaeth in the offseason to help out a thin tight end unit that lacked any dominant blocking. Heath Miller and David Johnson were coming off knee injuries and David Paulson was still a work in progress.


Spaeth, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in 2007 before leaving for Chicago as a free agent, injured his foot during what he called a freak accident during training camp. Spaeth said what caused the injury was nothing out of the ordinary.


“I was blocking a guy,” Spaeth said. “I didn’t get landed on or stepped on. It was just one of those weird things.”


Spaeth can be activated from the short term injured reserve at any time during the rest of the season. Once activated, the Steelers have three weeks to put him on the 53-man roster.


The Steelers could use Spaeth’s services now. Johnson was lost for the season with an arm injury two weeks ago forcing the Steelers to use tackle Mike Adams at tight end at times.


“It has been really difficult because I have never missed a long period of time before,” Spaeth said. “What makes more difficult is being back here. I was excited to be back and help this team win.”




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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