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Steelers name Heath Miller team MVP

The Pittsburgh Steelers named tight end Heath Miller the team MVP for 2012.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Thursday that the players have voted tight end Heath Miller as the team's most valuable player in 2012.

Miller, an eight-year veteran with Pittsburgh, was also named to his second Pro Bowl earlier in the week. The tight end was on pace to have the best season of his career before suffering a right knee injury. The team placed Miller on the Injured Reserve list on Wednesday, which will cause the tight end to miss the season finale against the Cleveland Browns.

Miller currently leads the team with 71 receptions, which would be the first time since 1993 that a tight end led Pittsburgh in receptions if his lead holds. Miller's 71 receptions is five short of his career high, but his 816 receiving yards and eight touchdowns are the best numbers of his career.

Miller is the first tight end to ever win the team MVP award. Wide receiver Antonio Brown earned the award last season.

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