When the Baltimore Ravens signed veteran Dallas Clark Sunday to help their tight end position, a large groan likely emanated from people who hoped the Steelers would do the same thing to replenish their injury-depleted position.
But it appears the Steelers don't have any such plans to sign a veteran tight end.
The recent spate of injuries at the position has left the Steelers with David Paulson as their No. 1 tight end, and that is not about to change anytime soon.
The Steelers are not planning to add a tight end other than players such as Michael Palmer and Nathan Overbay to their roster because they plan on getting Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth and David Johnson back at various points this season.
Miller remains on the physically unable to perform list after having offseason surgery to repair several ligament tears in his knee, including the anterior cruciate ligament. The Steelers have not set a timetable for his return, but he appears to be on a schedule similar to the one Rashard Mendenhall was on last year when he came back from offseason ACL surgery.
Matt Spaeth, reacquired in free agency to be Miller’s backup, had surgery Monday to repair a Lisfranc sprain in his foot – an injury that will sideline him at least eight to 10 weeks.
And No. 3 David Johnson, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp, is also on the PUP list after having arthroscopic surgery less than two weeks ago to clean up some cartilage.
Johnson, though, said he expects to return soon and hopes to play in one of the preseason games.