Finger Surgery Could Prevent Markus Wheaton From Playing Against The Jets

Hands and fingers are much needed tools for wide receivers and Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton broke one of his digits this past Sunday in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Wednesday that the Steelers third-round draft pick had surgery preformed on Tuesday to repair the broken pinkie finger, but didn’t offer up any clues as to whether or not he’d be ready for the game against the New York Jets a week from this coming Sunday.

“He had it surgically repaired,” Tomlin said after Wednesday’s practice. “I think we got to get the stitches out before we even look at how we proceed from there. Of course it will be a number of days before that’s able to transpire. So I’ll have you an update at that appropriate time.”

The Steelers won’t practice again until Monday and we won’t likely get an update on Wheaton until Tomlin talks to the media on Tuesday. Should Wheaton wind up not being able to practice next week, Derek Moye, who has been inactive for the last two games, would likely get a helmet for the game against the Jets.

The Penn State product has played all of four snaps on offense so far this season, but did manage to catch one pass for a touchdown from one yard out in the week two loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    being Wheaton hasn’t been putting up big numbers so far this shouldn’t be a big let down.

  • Fritz Baughman

    Kinda hard to put up big numbers when you’ve hardly seen the field in your first four games, don’t you think?

  • Ahmad

    Well if Wheaton is out, then that’s good news for Moye. I really want to see what he can do with a significant amount of snaps.

  • Face_Plant

    “The Steelers won’t practice again until Monday…”

    You’d think an 0 – 4 team would want to practice MORE during the bye week rather than less. And I wouldn’t put much faith in Moye getting a hat this week. Apparently It takes more than getting a TD catch in limited action to dress on game day. Besides, we have Heath to catch those fades now!

  • treeher

    I sure can understand taking a couple days off, but no practice until Monday? Not even walk-throughs? Wouldn’t that be helpful to our new left tackle, at least? I do not understand our coaches.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Mandated by league and union rules that they have 4 days off in a bye week. No choice. Players should be resting, visualizing and coming back ready to go flipping CRAZY! Do anything to get the job done starting next week.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Probably because he isn’t ready dont you think? In any event it will not be a big deal because he isnt getting snaps and he isnt on the field.

  • TheBlitz

    4 days off is mandated by the league per the CBA

  • Eric

    I cannot put my finger on it, but the Steelers have some problems. Point the finger where you wish. I would give a thumbs up to Moye getting some snaps against the Jets.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    No pun intended?

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Well, Wheaton has a bright future here, and since he hasn’t been getting many snaps I’d welcome the chance to see Moye on the field in red zone situations again.

  • SteveM2

    Modern NFL offenses need at least 4 wideouts per game. Personally, I’d like to see both Heath AND Derek Moye, plus either/or A. Brown , E. Sanders and new RB Bell used in red zone/passing offensive sets. Such a combo, utilized well, could pose matchup nightmares for most NFL defenses, if our OL would just give Big Ben the protection he needs and deserves.