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Steelers Injury Report: Lance Moore, Martavis Bryant Fail To Practice Wednesday


The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Wednesday practice as they continue to prepare for their 2014 regular season opener at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns and the first participation injury report of the season has now been released.

According to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest, linebacker Sean Spence (knee), long snapper Greg Warren (knee) and tight end Matt Spaeth (hamstring) all practiced fully Wednesday.

Limited on Wednesday was cornerback Brice McCain who injured himself during the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers.

Not practicing on Wednesday were wide receiver Lance Moore (groin) and wide receiver Martavis Bryant (shoulder). Bryant, the Steelers fourth-round draft pick this year, will more than likely be inactive Sunday against the Browns as he continues to recover from an AC shoulder sprain that he suffered against the Panthers.

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  • Matt Manzo

    I’m excited to see a lot of Wheaton and DHB this game! We’re gonna need a lot of points this year!
    Bryant wasn’t expected to play much in the beginning, so I’m not worried about him missing a little time. It’ll be good to see how he responds to the injury, too!

  • Steelers12328882

    Screw those 2 guys. AB, Wheaton, DHB and Dri are going to light it up!

  • frednash

    ab for sure!

  • Pete Johnson

    I love the “positive spin” some have around here when 2/5 (or 6 whatever wake me up when Justin Brown does something of note) of the WR core is on the shelf, when Wheaton hasn’t done jack in a real game, and AB is the only one left. Can you imagine how much coverage AB is going to see if we have no Moore and to a lesser extent Bryant? Yeah send DHB deep, and watch him drop the ball which is what he has done his entire career. “More balls” for those 3 yay!! I just sit here and shake my head at some of these comments. By the way, Cleveland secondary is pretty good. Only throwing 3 options at them makes it even easier for them.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Oh yeah, wow. Not having Moore is going to just kill the offense.

    weak

  • Eric MacLaurin

    It will be interesting if the reason they kept so many WR’s is the injury report.

    Brown & DHB could still be fighting for a job.

  • Pete Johnson

    The only thing that is “weak” is a WR core of Brown, Wheaton and DHB. Matter of fact it is beyond weak, it is terrible. I know I know…no big deal…AB will catch ALL the passes!!

  • Steelers@2010

    Very well written; a lot of people seem to think this game will be an easy victory. I’m not so sure, I agree, Cleveland’s defense is no joke. Add their 1st Rd pick, Justin Gilbert, this will by far not be an easy victory.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I’d be happy to see Moore traded.

    AB, Wheat and JB work fine as starters with DHB, Bryant and Dri for spot work.

    I don’t think you give enough credit to Ben and his ability to make a WR look better than he does with most other teams.

  • Jason White

    I know a lot of things such as injury can effect game day inactive lists but I am curious to see how many receivers the Steelers will dress on game day on a normal basis this year. I would expect early on that Bryant will be inactive but I am curious to see if they dress both DHB and JB assuming the top 3 are healthy or let them play a game of 2 dogs, 1 bone from week to week.

  • Jason White

    I think wide receiver is one of the positions where they are deep at despite the lack of experience. I expect Wheaton to have a tremendous year especially early on until defenses realize they can’t just shade AB’s side of the field. I think we can expect Wheaton to see a lot of one on one for a little bit. Moore is a sneaky little veteran who can match up well against other team’s nickel corners and despite his lack of looks in the preseason JB is a versatile player with a big catch radius who adjusts well to the ball. He dealt with limited time with Ben and inconsistent play from all the other QBs. Just go back and look at the one ball he caught from Gradkowski in the first game. It was thrown behind him and he spun his body around in the air to make the catch. I’m not worried about our receivers one bit. As long as you don’t have the top two get hurt, especially AB cause you can’t replace him.

  • Slab

    The Steelers beat the Browns last year by a combined score of 47-18. Antonio Brown had very good games against the vaunted Brown’s defense. Josh Gordon was easily the best player on the Browns. I think it is reasonable to assume the Steelers should be alright…..

  • Slab

    QBs make the WR, not the other way around. If Ben is hurt, the Steelers are in trouble, Moore and Bryant being hurt is not a big deal. I would argue that WR is probably the area least affected by an injury or two.

  • steelster

    Have you heard of a guy named heath miller. Also, a guy named bell who had 45 receptions last year.

  • http://jasonbrant.blogspot.com Jason Brant

    Wait a second… a slot WR and a fourth-string rookie are hurt?

    The Steelers might as well not even show up. It’s over.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    This is almost a good thing because the younger guys will get all the reps at practice this week and they need it. 40 guys cut from camp and now the real work begins. Let’s hope for the best.

  • Steelers12328882

    lol what? well written? more like spewing negativity. Look, it’s fine to be critical after a game, but doing it before just makes you look like a whiner. Not you, the other guy.

  • Steelers12328882

    Be careful not to get a neck strain.

  • Ken

    My thoughts too, I expect Bell to be second in receptions behind AB. And just because Wheaton has never produced big numbers in a real game, doesn’t mean he cant and wont when he has the opportunity.

  • treeher

    Amen to that. Go ask Mr. Wallace.

  • Steelers@2010

    The year is 2014

  • Steelers@2010

    Well, I can appreciate your opinion, but I think that is all Pete was doing as well, expressing his opinion about the status of the current WR Corps. I’m die hard fan when things are going good, and when things aren’t going so well. It’s crazy when someone comes on here and is objective about certain things pertaining to the Steelers. And I’m not saying that pertains to you, but I would say 40% of the people on here it does.

  • Mhocommenter

    Hoping to see Lance Moore stretch the 3rd down chains during the season and beyond!

  • David Dedo

    “Fan” means “fanatic,” and “objective” and/or “rational” rarely comes into play. If we were all “objective” (which isn’t really possible in any situation), we’d be “analysts” not fans.

  • David Dedo

    Also–think about it: some “fans” are criticized for being “fair weather fans.” But, really, what sense does it make to support a team that’s losing? When owners/managers see empty seats, lower revenue, etc., there’s more motivation to bring about positive change.

    I think, as a “die hard,” you probably don’t like that, but I believe that’s “objective.”

  • Slab

    Oh. I see. Thanks. Guess Brown’s without Gordon should be scarier now that Gordon, by far their best offensive player, is gone. Nope. I guess I don’t see your point. Maybe you can explain to me why I should completely ignore history and get all nervous about the Browns because a slot receiver and the #4 draft pick didn’t practice on a Wednesday.

  • sean mcmartin

    Heath and AB and ….Losing Cotchery was big.

  • Slab

    There are some fans who can always find something to be negative about. I would assume that a fan expressing angst about a mid round rookie and a slot receiver missing practice before the first game of the season when that game is at home against a team they have dominated and that team is also missing it’s best player is always going to find something. Every game. Every year.

  • Steel PAul

    That’s really too bad. Moore is far and away the best slot receiver on the roster.

  • Steelers@2010

    No offense taken at all, and for the record, I’m a “Die Hard Fan”, not a “Fair Weather Fan”. I watch the Black N Gold every Sunday regardless how good they are. And like I said, everybody has their opinion.

  • Steelers@2010

    It’s not about ignoring history, it’s a Football Game that is played on Sunday’s. And on any Given Sunday, any team can come away with a victory. I’m assuming you didn’t watch the four game losing streak the Steelers had last year? If memory serves me right, they were favored to win all four of those games as well. Just because the Steelers may have better talent, doesn’t gurantee they will win the game. Speaking of history, lets take a look at Mike Tomlin’s Teams during his tenure as the Head Coach. Tomlin’s Teams typically always start out the gate slow. And based off what we saw during the last two preseason games, if that’s any indication of what we will see this Sunday, then my point is this, the Steelers could indeed posibly lose to the Clevbeland Browns at home.

  • Madi

    I think we’re remarkably healthy going into the season! I don’t want to jinx it, but I already said that once, so now I think maybe NOT saying it would be the jinx…

    I find it incredibly lucky that Spence and Warren are good to go. I thought we’d be without them for the first couple of games.

  • RASTA

    My opinion is that your opinion will be proven so so very wrong come Sunday sir…and we will all enjoy the show that Big Ben has in store for imo, the very tough Browns D(but always ruled by BB)…and that will in turn completely erase any residual “0-4 last season start” thoughts from even the most negative of our die-hard fans.

    That is my opinion. Go Steelers!

  • westcoasteeler

    I think Dri will step up.

  • Jonas

    Wouldn’t have said “screw” but yeah, I can trust the other 5 guys!

    Bell & Miller, too..

  • Jonas

    Also add new HC Mike Pettine, who is one of the greatest defensive minds in todays NFL!

  • Don2727

    Lance Moore..They should call him lance less..

  • Don2727

    I just hope spence can stay healthy..please no more knee injuries!

  • Donte Williams

    Steelers@2010 you do know that not only did TP and the rest of the Steelers say they did not prep for the Eagles but the coaches said it to. If you know football if you do not prep game film and study your opponent you will lose flat out. it was preseason and im sure the Steelers had better things to do than study the eagles offense i dont think they ever studied an opposing teams offense during preseason. secondly there is nothing the browns did this off season to even scare me about that offense. ben tate big deal, if you watched that game last year against the browns without Gordon those games were blow outs. so you telling me with out their #1 star the browns is going to do what the eagles did to our #1 defense? thirdly the 4th game of the preseason was for those that are fighting for a nfl job i wouldnt get all hype about that game cause it wasnt the starters out there like that. fourthly if you are a true die-hard fan you do realize injuries has plagued this team for the past two years, its funny how our steelers nation is quick to call out tomlin and colbert about what they do but fail to mention all the injuries we had in 2012 and in 2013. we are healthy this year and that to me is better than any win in preseason. this is the first time in 3-4yrs our core players are healthy and ready to bang to start the season. lets give wheaton and dhb a chance first cause from what i saw from DHB in the preseason he caught every ball thrown his way but this is the same guy people were bashing about drops, sometimes it takes a change of scenerio for players to get on a roll raiders garbage and no QB what so ever. what he did in indy is what he did in indy he was not the man guy or even the #2 until wayne got hurt. lets see what he does for the steelers before we steelers nation start to call him a bum. lets see what wheaton can do now that he had a whole off season to learn the playbook which he couldnt rookie season due to college physical school year before we say he is trash or wont be better than wallace or sanders.

  • SteveM2

    I’m guessing that Lance Moore will be inactive, and Justin Brown plays the slot in game 1.

  • steeltown

    No one expected much from AB his sophomore year either, or Cotchery before last season… time will tell, it’s too early for the sky to be falling

  • Slab

    If you are concerned about the opening season because of the “any given Sunday” factor, fine. But I don’t see how Moore and Bryant not practicing on Wednesday has anything to do with that argument. Commenting about how the Steelers are in trouble because they won’t have enough weapons is a little different from “Steelers always start slow” and “any given Sunday”. And- you are the one that typed “the year is 2014″. Why would you advise a fan to ignore last year’s results that involved the Steelers dominating the Browns with Gordon but want the fans to focus on past slow starts and past “any given Sundays”? If you want to find a reason to convince yourself the sky is falling, you always will.

  • David Dedo

    Speaking of HISTORY, here’s the actual record of his first four years, first four games of the season:

    2007: 3-1
    2008: 3-1
    2009: 2-2
    2010: 3-1

    I don’t see how you can argue he’s typically started “slow” out of the gate, unless you’re calling 3-1 “slow.”

  • BFB

    I don’t see Lance as a big loss. He is not Cotchery and has underperformed so far based on the hype. To add salt, he is not a good blocker. Personally I feel they should have went with an all youth movement and cut Moore. Moye could have been placed on the 53 man roster and I think the talent, size, and potential of the entire receiving corps would be better for it. I hope Moore turns out to be the medicine for losing Cotchery but he has a lot to prove.

  • BFB

    Salary numbers would also have been an upside to releasing Moore.

  • steeltown

    I’m surprised by the fans calling for Moore to be cut, already. Then others complain that our WR core is too young and unproven.

  • Slab

    Couple other historical facts- Browns are 0-10 in their last 10 opening weeks. Big Ben is 17-1 against the Browns. Obviously, the Browns can win the game on “any given Sunday”. the point here, though, is that Pete Johnson’s negative nelly post about how awful it is for the Steeler’s chances that Bryant and Moore didn’t practice on Wednesday is not “very well written” but rather the typical rant of someone that looks for something negative to post about the Steelers. Could the Browns win? Obviously, the Steelers could lose all 16 games this year. So could the Seahawks and Broncos. But it’s unlikely to happen. Yes it’s 2014, but since the majority of the players on all the teams have played in previous years, it is possible to extrapolate what is likely to be the outcome from prior years. the probability is that history will be a better indication of outcome than “any given Sunday”. Each game is not really a 50/50 proposition.

  • Slab

    I watched all 4 games during the 0-4 start. Did you? If you had, you would know that the Steeler’s played without their best Olineman, best TE, best RB, and starting ILB. That’s a far cry from the current injury situation. right? You aren’t attempting to equate those things, right?

  • Slab

    You lost me at “has underperformed so far”. Since “so far” doesn’t include a regular season game….. Since “so far” includes appearing for a few plays in unscripted, meaningless preseason games….. I don’t think there is any basis for saying he has underperformed. The guy started 10 games last year for the Saints and is a year removed from a thousand yard season. Let’s wait and see how he does for a game or 8 with Ben under center in the regular season before drawing anything close to a conclusion.

  • BFB

    So I guess the preseason is worthless in assessing talent. Might as well cancel it and let coaches throw darts or some such.
    My observations (not conclusions, see you jumped to one there yourself!) are that he does not block nearly as well as Cotchery, lacks the size Cotchery had, and does not seem to fight for the ball as much as Jerricho. He does not come off as hard nosed in his play. Cotchery did.
    When Nate left, Cotchery was a good fit to replace him. Lance is a downgrade. How is that for a conclusion?

  • BFB

    I think the youth movement is good and should be embraced. I am not against having another vet presence but am disappointed with the progression to this individual. Nate Washington and Jerricho Cotchery fit the bill. This guy is not at the same level.

  • Slab

    Preseason isn’t worthless for evaluating some things. But yes it is worthless in evaluating a guy like Lance Moore. He’s using preseason just to “knock the rust off” and work on his timing. the preseason is way different for a guy with over 300 NFL reception and almost 40 NFL TDs than it is for the Moyes and Goodwins of the world. Do you really think the FO is going “well we watched hours of game tape and have seen Moore have success for the last 7 years in NFL regular season games and playoffs, but now we wonder if he can play based upon what we’ve seen in 3 series in the preseason?” Maybe the Raiders, not the Steelers.

  • BFB

    He looks too rusty if you ask me. Guy with the 300+ catches and 40 TDs did not look good in PS. He will not fill the shoes of Cotchery and needs to learn to block. That is Steeler football.
    Let’s see how he looks tomorrow…

  • Slab

    Moore was inactive as he is still getting healthy. Cotchery- 4 catches, 32 yards.
    Wheaton 6 for 97, J. Brown 3 for 38.

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