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WR Markus Wheaton Ruled Out for Redskins Game Monday Night


The Steelers announced Saturday that wide receiver Markus Wheaton is out for Monday night’s season opener at the Redskins, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Wheaton played in just one preseason game and did not practice this week until a limited appearance Saturday.

With no Wheaton behind No. 1 Antonio Brown, second-year players Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers — who between them have one regular-season NFL catch — are the top secondary options for Ben Roethlisberger. Veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey also is lifted into a more prominent role.

“We’re one of the rare (receiver) groups that everybody from AB down to the practice squad guys, we’re going to be coached up and work hard every single day because you never know when your number’s going to be called, and when you work with Ben you’ve always got to be ready to go,” Heyward-Bey said.

“Anybody can have a big game. We all know AB is going to have a big game; the rest of us just all have to come in when our number’s called.”

Also ruled out for Monday’s game were fullback Roosevelt Nix (back) and reserve interior lineman Cody Wallace (knee).

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  1. Dave B.

    September 10, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    The deepest position on the team is suddenly becoming one of the weakest . No Wheaton means Sammie Coats and Eli Rogers must step up fast and the problem is both are unproven . The injury bug is lurking again .

  2. DrGeorge

    September 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    The Cody Wallace injury is more significant, especially given Pouncey’s lack of durability and the importance of the center exchange.

    • Dave B.

      September 11, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Very true with Pouncey .

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