Emmanuel Sanders Back To Light Practices

The Steelers were back at practice on Tuesday after having Monday off and second-year wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was even able to get some light work in as well. Sanders reported via Twitter that he had a light practice today and that it felt good to be back out there with the fellas.

Sanders has been sidelined since the beginning of training camp after he needed an injection of calcium and bone marrow in his left foot to speed up the healing process following one of his two offseason surgeries. The initial time table was three weeks after the procedure was done and Sanders was initially hopeful he would be ready to play in the Steelers third preseason game against the Falcons that will take place this Saturday at Heinz Field.

With Sanders just now starting to hit the field, it is hard to imagine that he will play this week. The Steelers final preseason game against the Panthers is a week from Thursday, so Sanders would likely still be considered iffy to be able to play in that game as well. The recent signing of free agent Jerricho Cotchery buys the Steelers some time to not have to rush back Sanders at this point and have him suffer a setback. They likely will target him returning back to fully participating in practice during the week leading up to the first regular season game against the Ravens.

Mike Tomlin will likely be asked about Sanders during his pregame press conference this week, but I doubt he will shed much as far useful information about the recovery of Sanders.

  • Daveb1952

    This is indeed good news. I had a wart on my foot years ago that drove me nuts, I can’t imaginge running all day on a foot with pins and screws in it. Here’s hoping for a full recovery, or at least a functional recovery.

  • Joe D

    I see Cotchery replacing Hines….
    If Hines is injured this year or misses games… he may be asked to retire… and Steelers sign Cotchery.
    Hines reported to camp on PUP… and still injured!!!

  • Steve Duncan

    Ward is too much of a fan favorite to be asked to retire. But I think if we win it this year, he will hang them up.

  • Daveb1952

    Sadly, I think Ward is gone whether we win a championship or not. Man, you hate to see the great ones go, but at the same time, you hate to see them play in a diminished capacity more.