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Monday, September 2, 2013
Heath Miller 'close' to returning to Steelers

By Scott Brown

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.

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.