Report: Steelers Rookie WR Markus Wheaton Won\’t Be Allowed To Attend Mini Camp In June

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said a few weeks ago that he hoped rookie wide receiver Marcus Wheaton would be able to make the mandatory mini camp next month after being forced to sit out all of the OTA sessions due to Oregon State being on the quarters system, but it doesn\’t look like that\’s going to happen.

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Thursday on Twitter that he\’s confirmed the Steelers third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft will not be permitted to attend.

Oregon State has their finals listed as taking place on June 10–14 while the Steelers mini camp takes place that same week.

Wheaton will have to catch up when he gets to training camp and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said on Wednesday that they will help him do just that.

  • steeltown

    Damn… was hoping he’d attend mini camp

  • Shea Fahr

    Wow…not cool at all.

  • zyzak

    We don’t know if he’s even in class.

  • Shea Fahr

    He does seem to be pretty smart and one heck of a hard worker so I do not think it will set him back too bad. Surely he has been keeping in touch with the coaches and a playbook.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Stoopid role. skoul is four loosers.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    There should be some way to further education AND employment. After all, missing important camp and OTA time could possibly jeopardize his chances of making the team and make a living. I bet the ACLU would agree.

  • steeltown

    I would imagine he has the playbook..
    Im actually more confused about the missed OTA sessions. I understand missing the mini camps because his finals literally take place on the same days as mini camp, but he could surely have attended these recent OTA’s…. that part of the rule I do not like

  • David McCune

    If you can make millions in the NFL you dont need a degree. Graduate later, get to camp now. Thats what I would do anyways.

  • PA2AK

    Is this a potential blessing in disguise? Wheaton is fairly polished as a WR – lots of game experience – , has great work ethic, smarts, & talent. This should give Justin Brown – who has a larger uphill battle than Wheaton – some added reps/coach attention which could go along way in his development. While not ideal, Wheaton can likely bounce back from the missed time & Brown could have a better shot at developing.

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  • WilliamSekinger

    Looking on the bright side? I like it!

  • PA2AK

    absolutely! trying to change the rules is a fools game!

  • Shea Fahr

    Yeah true. And the first grader who keeps thumbing down everything I comment on but wont add his own two cents to back it up is probably just as annoying as Wheaton unable to make it until training camp. Ha

  • Bob Loblaw

    The irony is that a lot of schools use the quarter system his school does for this exact reason. Quarter schools try and fit what many schools do in around 16 weeks into around 10, and up the co-op/internship credits required to graduate.

  • Ahmad

    This is BS!

  • Tom

    Nothing to get worried about. It all worked out just fine for Andrew Luck.

  • chris

    what if there is a lock down than a degree will come in handy.

  • chris

    that is good hes going back to take his finals.