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Heath Miller's surgically repaired right knee is good to go. Jonathan Dwyer's slimmed down body, not so much.
The Pittsburgh Steelers activated Miller, their two-time Pro Bowl tight end, off the physically unable to perform list on Saturday, clearing the way for Miller to play in the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 8.
Miller tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee last December against Cincinnati.
He hinted last week he was close to a return, a major boost for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers try to bounce back from an 8-8 season.
The 30-year-old Miller caught a team-high 71 passes for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.
His presence takes some of the pressure off second-year tight end David Paulson, who has emerged as a legitimate receiving threat during the preseason but remains a work in progress when called on to block.
Dwyer led the Steelers with 623 yards rushing a year ago and entered training camp in a three-way battle with Isaac Redman and Le'Veon Bell for the starting job.
The former Georgia Tech star slimmed down in the offseason, dropping 25 pounds off his 6-foot frame hoping the lighter weight would make him quicker and more durable.
That durability appeared to give Dwyer the inside track for the top spot on the depth chart when Bell went down with a sprained right foot and Redman was slowed by a stinger.
Dwyer ran for a team-high 136 yards in the preseason, but that didn't stop the Steelers from acquiring first-round pick Felix Jones from Philadelphia as insurance.
Jones played well enough over Pittsburgh's final two preseason games to make Dwyer expendable.
Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling, who missed time during camp with a minor knee injury, are the two healthiest members of the backfield heading into the opener.
While Bell's foot problem isn't considered too serious, coach Mike Tomlin has given no timetable for the second-round pick's return and Redman hasn't played since the preseason opener.
Other notable Steelers cuts include three-time Pro Bowl punter Brian Moorman. The 37-year-old engaged in a lengthy battle with incumbent Drew Butler for the punting and holding duties, but couldn't do enough to convince special teams coordinator Danny Smith to give him the job.
Pittsburgh also released nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu. The fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft endured a troubled time with the Steelers. He was arrested last October following a chaotic chase in Pittsburgh's South Side.
Ta'amu was driving the wrong way down a one-way street when police attempted to stop him.
Instead he ran, crashing into four cars, injuring a woman in a parked SUV and attempting to flee on foot before being taken into custody.
He eventually pleaded guilty to charges of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and driving under the influence and will be on probation until October 2014.
Thanks to an assist from defensive end Cameron Heyward, Ta'amu shed 30 pounds over the spring and finally appeared to be in shape, but couldn't make inroads behind starter Steve McLendon and backup Al Woods.
Two picks in this year's draft, cornerback Terry Hawthorne (fifth round) and wide receiver Justin Brown (sixth round), also failed to make the 53-man roster. Linebackers Marshal McFadden, Alan Baxter, Terrence Garvin and Brian Rolle were edged out following a camp-long battle for depth at the deepest position on the team.
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Steeler Nation did not take the dismissal of Jonathan Dwyer very well this holiday weekend. Dwyer himself did not take it very well either and in some ways, who could blame him? He returned as the leading rusher from last season and came into camp this summer in the best shape of his life but it wasn’t enough to save him.
I wrote earlier this week that Dwyer’s cutting was more...
When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Jonathan Dwyer in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, I thought he would end up being a steal. Through his first two seasons with the team however, Dwyer hadn’t shown much other than short flashes while running for 151 total yards. That, coupled with constant reports of Dwyer showing up to camp out of shape, didn’t help the young running back...
We won't know for sure what the Pittsburgh Steelers final 53 man roster will look like for several more hours so that means the fate of running back Jonathan Dwyer currently remains up in the air. I suggested on Twitter during the game against the Carolina Panthers that the Steelers should look into trading Dwyer […]
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Heath Miller is a crucial piece in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense and was recently activated off the PUP list.
Miller has come off the physically unable to perform list just before the Steelers first game of the season against the Tennessee Titians. There was a lot of speculation surrounding when the tight end would make his way back into the lineup. Miller is expected to only...
Jonathan Dwyer, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft, was waived by the team on Saturday as they chose to keep the newly acquired Felix Jones instead. During his three seasons with the Steelers, the Georgia Tech product rushed for 774 yards on 181 carries and two […]
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have released running back Jonathan Dwyer and have activated tight end Heath Miller from the physically unable to perform list.
#Steelers activate TE Heath Miller from PUP list. He's active. Also released RB Jonathan Dwyer, which is somewhat surprising.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2013
What’s really interesting is that the Steelers kept...
According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers tight end Heath Miller should be back in about a month or so.
Miller is due back in a month or so after completing his recovery from offseason knee surgery. Until then, the Steelers will scramble for production at the position. Spaeth is out indefinitely with a foot injury, leaving the position in the hands of...
The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated Heath Miller off the Physically Unable to Perform list, clearing the way for the two-time Pro Bowl right end to play in the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 8.
Miller tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee last December against Cincinnati. He hinted last week he was close to a return, a major boost...
Jonathan Dwyer’s release from the Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the surprising moves in the NFL in teams’ attempts to get down to a 53-man roster. Dwyer was expected to be a utility back in the Steelers ground game, which looks stouter now than it has in some time.
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports was able to give us some insight as to why the Steelers may have made the move:
Former Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer passed through waivers without being claimed. He’s now a free agent and can sign with any team he wants.
Forget to mention earlier, ex-Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer also among those who cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 1, 2013
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The Steelers have activated Heath Miller from the active/PUP list.Fantasy Spin:Miller still might miss all of September after suffering a tear of three ligaments in his knee last season, but the Steelers are keeping their options open. If they placed him on the reserve/PUP list, he would have to miss the first six weeks.
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The Steelers have waived running back Jonathan Dwyer.Fantasy Spin:Dwyer showed up overweight to training camp and according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers grew tired of his "lack of dedication to his job." Felix Jones made the team and will back up Isaac Redman until Le'Veon Bell returns to action.
The Pittsburgh Steelers waived 22 players, including veteran running back Jonathan Dwyer on Saturday, cutting their roster down to the league-mandated 53-players. Dwyer, the Steelers first pick in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, played in 21 games during his career with the
The Pittsburgh Steelers thinned out their running back situation on Saturday cutting ties ties Jonathan Dwyer.
Dwyer, 24, had spent the last three seasons with the Steelers and ran the ball 156 times last year for 623 yards.
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