Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton will not be in uniform this week when the Steelers play the New York Jets.
He had surgery during the bye-week on his broken pinky finger and cannot be OK’ed to play until the stitches come out.
With Wheaton down, that means presumably more snaps for Jerricho Cotchery who is having a decent season despite being remembered mostly for being the ball carrier on an ill-fated end around.
My larger question is whether this gets Derek Moye back on the field for the Steelers. If you have forgotten the 6’4″ Moye, he’s the one who has one reception for one yard and it went for a touchdown against the Bengals. This was the last time we’ve seen the young man play.
At 0-4, the Steelers should give Moye at least 10-15 snaps on Sunday but I’m not sure he’ll see that many. My concern is that with Wheaton down, does Todd Haley decide to use his tight ends more? For my sanity and many others’ I hope that isn’t the case.
Since Heath Miller has returned, we’ve seen less of David Paulson and more of just Miller and David Johnson which is a good thing but not that good. I know I’m not the only one who sees this offense move the ball better with three wideouts on the field versus having eight or nine tight ends on the field as Haley likes to do.
We know that the Haley clearly has plays designed for when Moye is active so I’m hoping he gets a chance. He’s proven he has a good work ethic and he plays hard. At this point, what do the Steelers have to lose besides another game?
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