Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke will undergo surgery next Wednesday on his injured right shoulder.
Van Dyke, who was claimed off of waivers from the Oakland Raiders just prior to the start of the season, suffered a shoulder separation while attempting to make a tackle on Dallas Cowboys return man Dwayne Harris while covering the Steelers first punt of the game this past Sunday. He was placed on injured reserve this past week.
Van Dyke recorded 3 total tackles on special teams this season in the 9 games that he played in. He was benched in the middle of the season for 5 out of 6 games for penalties that were called against him on special teams. In Weeks 5-7 the Miami product racked up 4 penalties on returns, 3 of which were for holding.
Van Dyke will be an exclusive rights free agent at the end of the season and the Steelers are expected to tender him a one-year tender offer of $555,000 that he must accept if he wants to play next season.