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The Steelers signed TE Matt Spaeth with the idea of filling a gap until Heath Miller could return. Now, Miller is needed back more than ever.

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Any free agent signing comes with a risk. For the Steelers' case, they brought in tight end Matt Spaeth this offseason specifically to help alleviate concerns TE Heath Miller would not be ready to play right away this season.

It turns out, Spaeth will likely be out until well after Miller's return to the field after suffering a Lisfranc sprain in practice Thursday.

The complicated injury is said to carry with it an 8-10 week recovery time, but recent cases, including that of Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, have taken a while longer.

The Steelers confirmed Spaeth's injury Friday, and reports have suggested he'll miss 8-10 weeks, which would have him back before the Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7 on the high end.

Predicting the amount of time lost with these injuries is difficult, however. What it really means is the Steelers' No. 3 tight end from 2012 is now their most experienced - former 7th round pick David Paulson.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Steelers make a move in free agency for a more experienced player at the position.

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