But the team's plan for Miller is starting to clear up. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote Tuesday that the Steelers want to bring the tight end off the active/physically unable to perform list before the start of the regular season, giving him time to work his way back into form.
The Steelers had a similar plan for running back Rashard Mendenhall last season. He wound up making his regular-season debut in Week 4. The Steelers have a Week 5 bye after facing the Minnesota Vikings in London, so Oct. 13 against the New York Jets might be a potential return date for Miller. If the Steelers left Miller on the PUP list to start the regular season, he would not be able to return until Week 7.
Miller's value to the team often has been understated. His absence might show how much he truly means to Ben Roethlisberger's success.