Now that he has reported to Steelers practices, Mike Wallace is quickly learning a new offense. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley expects his speedster to be ready for Week 1 when the team travels to Denver.
He won’t be able to practice with the team until Monday when they start preparing for the Sept. 9 season opener in Denver. Right now, the Steelers are not scheduled to practice Friday, Saturday or Sunday after the Carolina game.
But he believes he will be able to play when the Steelers open the season. Wallace has spent the past two weeks working out at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports training complex in Orlando, Fla.
“The first couple days, I might be a little more tired than some of the guys, but not because I’m not in shape,” Wallace said. “It’s because it’s different with pads on. I’ll be ready when it’s time to go Sunday night against Denver. I’m ready to play ball.”
Haley said he didn’t think it would be a big problem for Wallace to play against the Broncos.
“You’re talking about a guy who’s a wide receiver, a pass-catcher,” Haley said. “It’s not a running back or someone who has to be in the action of the game. I think it’s feasible he’s ready to go when we start this thing up.”