While you won’t hear him complaining about it, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller probably can’t wait for injured starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to return to action this week.
In the Steelers 23-13 Sunday loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Miller didn’t have a reception and that marks the first time that’s happened in a game since Week 9 of the 2008 season.
In that 2008 win over the Washington Redskins, Miller left the game after only playing 30 snaps due to a high ankle sprain. That injury ultimately resulted in him missing the next two games.
On Sunday against the Chiefs, however, Miller played nearly every offensive snap. He was targeted twice in the game, according to NFL stats, but one of those targets was quarterback Landry Jones throwing the football away out of bounds late in the first half.
Miller wasn’t shut out completely on Sunday’s stat sheet, however, as he was credited with one tackle. That tackle came after Chiefs safety Eric Berry intercepted Jones in the third quarter.
During the span of four games that Roethlisberger missed, Miller had all of 5 catches for 52 yards.
Miller turned 33 last week and he’s currently under contract through the 2016 season.