Emmanuel Sanders Hopes To Play Against Bengals Despite Suffering A Cracked Rib

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders told Ken Laird of Trib Live Radio after the 27-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday that he suffered a cracked rib in the game, but hopes to be ready by next Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals come to town.

“I’ve just got a cracked rib, said Sanders. “Those things should heal fast, so hopefully I’ll be back next week.”

It is speculated that Sanders suffered the injury on the hit by Cowboys safety Eric Frampton that resulted in Sanders not holding onto the ball. The play was initially ruled a fumble but was overturned and ruled an incomplete pass after the official review.

Sanders has been hampered by a shoulder sprain the last few weeks and you have to wonder if the rib injury will ultimately force him to miss the game Sunday despite his optimism. Regardless if Sanders is able to dress and play, it is likely that wide receiver Plaxico Burress will dress on Sunday after being one of the seven inactives against the Cowboys.

Sanders only managed to play 11 snaps on Sunday and he was replaced by Jerricho Cotchery, who caught 2 passes for 28 yards in 28 snaps worth of playing time. Curiously enough, Cotchery also suffered a rib injury in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens several games ago and that injury forced him to miss two games as a result.

  • steeltown

    I like Sanders, but he’s having trouble holding onto the ball, if it’s due to injury then he most definitely should sit. We have Cotchery and Burress and Rainey to play behind Wallace and Brown

  • steeltown

    man, just naming off that WR depth chart… Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Cotchery, Burress, Rainey… we SHOULD be destroying secondaries

  • Everything Steelers

    Agreed…on paper…looks good…cant figure it out…

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Maybe Haley wasn’t the answer. He and Ben need to be locked in a room for a couple hours so they can have a heart to heart conversation so they can figure out each other and how to work this offense. And Mike Tomlin better be ripping our guys a new one we are playing with a lack of leadership and heart.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    The previous game Sanders fumbled so big time, wuld think a recever would hold on tight no matter what. But whats he do in first series next game? Fumbled. Refs saved Steelers on that one.

  • zyzak

    They will have the entire off season to work on it They have the 20th ranked offense so Haley has been a failure

  • zyzak

    Sanders should be sat down til spring, where’s Plax?

  • Hell yes, I agree 100

  • Mike Carroll

    Tomlin and/or Haley should be realizing Young Money has been bad for much of the year and the team desperately needs another professional receiver on the field besides Heath Miller. Play Cotchery more this week.

    And at least throw one or two to Plax in the red zone.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Atleast sit him this week. I think Cotchery and Burress are really nice options, both have good size and great hands.

  • steeltown

    Cannot agree with you more.. I like Brown and Sanders, they’re speedy guys, but when they signed Cotchery I was ecstatic. He is basically a Hines Ward type guy. Not great speed but a good blocker, clutch receiver and very tough. I hope next season he is our #3 guy and on the field for the majority of the offensive snaps