Markus Wheaton to Miss Pittsburgh’s Next Game

Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

 

Many were left wondering whether or not Markus Wheaton’s broken right pinky would prevent the rookie wide receiver from playing in Pittsburgh’s upcoming game against the New York Jets. Earlier today, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shed some unfortunate light on the status of the former Oregon State Beaver’s pinky via Twitter:

 

 

The loss of Wheaton not only forces Pittsburgh’s fastest wide receiver to the sidelines, but it also will force the Steelers’ coaching staff to make some personnel changes this weekend. Luckily for Pittsburgh’s brass, they should be able to turn to Derek Moye against the Jets to fill Wheaton’s spot on the active roster.

Moye, who has been inactive for Pittsburgh’s last two games, will finally be inserted back into the lineup. Why Moye was relegated to the bench made little sense to me, especially when he possesses the size and physical tools to be a threat in the red zone passing game.

I for one cannot predict when Wheaton will return to the lineup, but I would not be shocked if he missed this Sunday’s game plus Pittsburgh’s following game against the Ravens if he will not get his stitches out until next Monday.

With Wheaton sidelined though, Moye will likely receive his most extensive work of the regular season against the Jets. I just hope the former Penn State Nittany Lion can play well enough for the Steelers make other players (David Paulson for instance) inactive once Wheaton’s pinky finally heals.

 

 

 

Stats & Contract Info. Provided By: ESPN.comSteelers.com , Spotrac, and Pro Football Reference

 

Follow me on Twitter: @DominicDiTolla

Follow & Like “NPC” on Facebook: Nice Pick, Cowher

Topics: Derek Moye, Heath Miller, Markus Wheaton, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

Want more from Nice Pick, Cowher?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.
  • bk

    I heard that the Niners were trying to get a WR from Cleveland… maybe we should be shopping Sanders/Crotchery there for a draft pick?

    • Dom DiTolla

      Not sure that anybody would give up a 3rd or 4th round pick for Sanders unless they are desperate or believe that they can ink him to a long-term deal. As far as Cotchery is concerned, he could be in line for a new deal (2-3 years) with the way he has played this fall.

      Still, I would love it if they could dupe a team into taking Sanders.