Spaeth was released by the Steelers on Thursday.
The Steelers decided to part ways with the ten-year veteran after he failed his physical, signing free agent rookie tight end Mandel Dixon in his place. According to GM Kevin Colbert, Spaeth "never fully recovered from knee surgery that occurred this offseason, and will not be ready to return to football activities at this time." Combined with the retirement of Heath Miller in February, the Steelers now only have one tight end on their current roster from last season. Spaeth could attract the attention of a team looking to add a veteran presence at tight end, but it could be hard for him to find another opportunity until he is fully healed from his knee surgery.
Speath caught his only target for one yard against Denver on Sunday.
Spaeth finished the 2015 season catching two of three targets for 10 yards, failing to score a touchdown for the first time since 2008, and only the second time in nine seasons. Known more for his blocking skills, the Steelers have better options at tight end with Heath Miller and rookie Jesse James.
Spaeth caught his only target for four yards in the Steelers' 16-10 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
Used primarily as a blocker and on special teams, the catch was the first for Spaeth, and only his second target of the season. Even if Heath Miller were to miss significant playing time, Spaeth is not worth a spot on fantasy rosters.
Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth (hand) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Chargers.
Spaeth's return to action will bolster the team's depth at tight end behind starter Heath Miller, but he's not involved enough in the team's offense to be a fantasy lineup consideration.
Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth has been deemed probable for Monday night against the Chargers.
Spaeth was unable to play last week due to a broken bone in his hand, but the setback will not prevent him from taking the field for the nationally televised game. He will slot back as the backup behind Heath Miller.
Spaeth (hand) practiced fully Thursday.
Spaeth is off the fantasy radar, but his likely return to action this week will bolster the team's depth at tight end behind starter Heath Miller.
Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth (hand) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Ravens, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Spaeth was hoping to play with a broken hand, but he'll need to miss at least one game. Although Heath Miller is the Steelers' only active tight end, the team does have two fullbacks on the roster for Thursday's game.
Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth (broken hand) hopes to play against Baltimore despite wearing a cast, PennLive.com reports.
Used mostly for his blocking skills, Spaeth has not been targeted once this season. As a result, the cast shouldn't prevent him from playing, although Coach Mike Tomlin said how well he performs with the cast in practice will determine if he plays this week.
The Steelers kept tight end Matt Spaeth from becoming a free agent, by agreeing to terms on a new two-year deal.
“I think of Pittsburgh as home now,” he said in an announcement from the team. “This organization is the best in the world, and I am just happy to be back.”
The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 showdown with the Bengals: cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm), safety Troy Polamalu (knee), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers and guard Chris Hubbard.
Taylor, Polamalu and Palmer were all listed as questionable to play Sunday but none of the three will be available for the regular-season finale. The three players listed as probable to play in Week 17 are all active, including tackle Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle).
Pittsburgh is a 3 1/2-point favorite at home against Cincinnati.
The Steelers have listed safety Troy Polamalu (knee), cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm) and tight end Michael Palmer (groin) were labeled questionable for Sunday's regular season finale against Cincinnati. Tackle/guard Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle) were ruled probable.
The Steelers will be without starting cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Taylor has been dealing with a shoulder injury that also caused him to miss Week 15's game against the Falcons. Polamalu, who is dealing with a knee injury, has 61 tackles and one forced fumble in 2014.
Other inactives for Pittsburgh include: quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers, offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, and tight end Matt Spaeth.
The Steelers released their final injury report for Week 16’s game against the Chiefs and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) is listed as doubtful.
Cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) is also listed as doubtful. Tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) is the only player listed as questionable.
The following players are listed as probable: William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, James Harrison, Steve McLendon, Heath Miller, Mike Mitchell, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton.
The Steelers are 3-point favorites.
All nine Steelers players listed as probable to play in Week 9 are active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, including tight ends Heath Miller (not injury related) and Matt Spaeth (hamstring).
Also active for the Steelers are tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion), defensive linemen Brett Keisel (not injury related) and Steve McLendon (shoulder), linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) and safeties Troy Polamalu (not injury related), Mike Mitchell (groin) and Shamarko Thomas (hamstring).
The Steelers listed 10 players on their final injury report leading up to Week 9 against the Ravens.
Ike Taylor (forearm) and Ross Ventrone (hamstring) were both ruled out.
Marcus Gilbert (concussion), Mike Mitchell (groin), Ryan Shazier (knee), Matt Spaeth (hamstring), Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), Brett Keisel (rest), Heath Miller (rest) and Troy Polamalu (rest) were all deemed probable for Sunday.
Steelers linebacker Sean Spence (knee), tight end Matt Spaeth (hamstring) and long snapper Greg Warren (knee) are all on pace to play the season opener. All three players practiced and were listed as probable for Week 1 against the Browns.
The following players will not dress for the Steelers against the Bills Saturday night: Will Allen, Devin Smith, Shaquille Richardson, Will Johnson, Jordan Zumwalt, Greg Warren, Matt Spaeth and Jarvis Jones.
The Steelers used three tight ends Sunday at Green Bay and all of them made small contributions to the victory.
The most interesting was a 30-yard grab by David Paulson from Mat McBriar on the first possession of the second half off a fake punt. The catch led to a touchdown that put Pittsburgh ahead.
Another rare contributor as a pass-catcher who played the role of hero was Matt Spaeth, who snagged an 11-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger later in that quarter to again put his team up.
Starting tight end Heath Miller pitched in with three receptions for 17 yards.
Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth (foot) has yet to play this season, but he was added to the active roster Saturday ahead of Week 14 against the Dolphins. Spaeth was activated from the short-term injured reserve, after being able to practice in recent weeks. Spaeth has been out since suffering a Lisfranc sprain in training camp.
Tight end Richard Gordon was cut to make room for Spaeth on the active roster.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday tight end Matt Spaeth, who has been on short-term injured reserve with a foot injury, will be evaluated again to determine if he's able to return to practice this week.