Steelers WR Markus Wheaton Undergoes Labrum Surgery On Monday

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton had his 2016 season end several weeks ago when he was placed on the teams Reserve/Injured list with a shoulder injury that had hampered him dating back to the preseason. On Monday, Wheaton underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, and his expected recovery time is three months.

Wheaton, who caught 4 passes for 51 passes and a touchdown in the three games that played in this season, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent come the start of the 2017 league year in March. While the former third-round draft pick out of Oregon State has said publicly that he would like to return to re-sign with the Steelers, that’s very unlikely to happen.

The Steelers seem to be relatively stacked at the wide receiver position when it comes to 2017 and especially if Martavis Bryant is ultimately reinstated by the league after sitting out the entire 2016 season due to him being suspended for several violations of the leagues substance abuse policy.

As of right now, wide receivers Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Demarcus Ayers and Bryant are all under contract for next season. Additionally, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton is scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent during the offseason and it’s all but guaranteed that he’ll return on a one-year minimum salary tender as he must accept it if it is offered to him.

Not to be forgotten are wide receivers Canaan Severin and Marcus Tucker. Severin, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016, is currently on the team’s Reserve/Injured list. As for Tucker, who is currently on the Steelers practice squad, he will likely be signed to a futures contract after the season assuming he sticks around that long.

Wheaton is expected to sign elsewhere during the offseason and hopefully he winds up factoring into the compensatory draft pick formula for 2018.

 

  • Steelers12

    at first i was hoping to sign him to a 2 year minimum deal but he is no longer needed with Bryant returning and Coates, Ayers and Rogers all coming on so hopefully a comp pick comes our way.

    im guessing he will be a Charger, Bill or Ram

  • Mrs Bighead

    He’ll be gone. I wish we would’ve signed Pryor for WR but his good season probably priced himself out of our range.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Exactly, No room at the Tomlin Hotel. Only 5 maybe 6 rooms and 6 or 7 potential tenants. This is going to be tough unless the injury bug hits. I have never seen depth like this at WR in Pitt. I don’t think any have much trade value either outside of AB.

  • Steelers12

    my guess is
    1. Brown
    2. Bryant
    3. Coates
    4. Rogers
    5. Heyward-Bey
    6. Ayers

    Wheaton and Hamilton will catch on with another team

  • pittsburghjoe

    I’m thinking DHB is on the bubble due to his age and final contract year. The other question is do the keep 6?

  • Steve Johnson

    I remember the day he was drafted, most thought Wheaton would help us forget about Emmanuel Sanders. I like the kid, glad surgery went well for him too. But, I can’t imagine the F/O bringing him back.

  • pittsburghjoe

    At a minimum I thought we would get a comp pick, now that is nothing more than Charmin.

  • T3xassteelers

    Like that list. Hamilton seems solid… But not a guy I’d lose a roster spot over for any of those guys. PS guy unless he gets a chance somewhere else. Been VERY reliable, almost like Cotchery.

  • Steelers12

    i would personally keep 6 and i kept DHB because he can run and he is a special teams ace in my opinion, your thoughts

  • pittsburghjoe

    Ha, nice compliment to Gilbert. Maybe they can sell programs and popcorn.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Pryor is a lot better than our WRs not named Antonio

  • steeltown

    Wish him well. Class act.

  • steeltown

    HeyBey and Coates are solid special teamers, could potentially throw Ayers in there too. They could justify keeping 6 wrs when the bottom guys are teamers

  • Not sure why him and Ben never seemed on the same page. Hope he lights it up with another team. NOT in the AFC North. I could see Baltimore grabbing him.

  • Jaybird

    DHB is a Tomlin favorite, and rightfully so. He showed why yesterday on that play where he caused a fumble on a potential pick six. Plus he’s a very good special teamer. he’s still fast as hell and his hand have gotten more reliable with his time in Pittsburgh. I think he’s safe for next year.

  • Steelers12

    yeah but i dont think he has upside other guys have, he could compete with DHB but Bey is so good on special teams and a veteran presence. i would love to keep him on practice squad but he has had to much exposure so i believe Hamilton will be playing elsewhere.

  • NW86

    Man, this guy’s injuries have always been mysterious. You never see him actually get hurt in a game, and Tomlin never really says that he is hurt. Yet he misses months at a time, goes on IR in November, and then has surgery in January (why not when he went on IR?).

    Nothing against Wheaton as a person, but with his problems, I’m kind of glad we won’t be wasting a roster spot on him anymore. I’d beware of guaranteeing him any real money if I was another team too.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Good point, they may let him sell programs then. No hot dogs though.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    his first year he had 3 broken fingers like coates and they healed badly. his fingers are gnarly.

  • Lambert58

    Good problem to have. Nice to see young guys like Ayers and Hamilton stepping up yesterday

  • Lambert58

    I don’t think they let Hamilton get away.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I think he first hurt his shoulder during a preseason game. he tried to come back but aggravated it. Shoulders are complicated joints and injuries can linger. I had a shouder injury back hen I was wrestling that took over a year to completely heal – mostly because I tried to return too soon and aggravated the injury. Sometimes surgery has to be delayed because if you sew up the labrum before the shoulder has been stabilized, you run the risk of just tearing it again without too much effort.

    Markus Wheaton has had a run of tough luck, the time he lost probably cost him $$ millions and was done from necessity. I wish him aall the best and hope he can return to football in full form.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Looking far ahead but the Steelers are sitting pretty as far as open roster spots. Not many spots available on Offense and Defense looks pretty good with the exception of OLB and depth. Always like Markus seems like a really good dude wish him well.

  • Steelers12

    who you letting go

  • Zarbor

    Agreed. If you do well on ST your value goes up on this team. I’m not sure if Hamilton plays on ST but as a WR, I’m liking him over Coates. Yes, I know Coates has broken fingers but he was never a great catcher even in college

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Not that he is really missed much but the timing of the surgery is certainly a surprise. Why not 2 months ago?. Very strange.

  • T3xassteelers

    Agreed. DHB has value basically nobody else has on the roster imo. DHB is perfect for what he does; he’s a phenomenal blocking WR, he has the heart not many have, he’s VERY fast, strong ST value. Honestly i have no idea why they don’t try DHB as a returner….

  • VaDave

    Didn’t he have another shoulder surgery several weeks ago, shortly after he went on IR? As for him resigning with the Steelers, not much chance. Too bad. Seems like a great kid.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I hope we do resign him he is why our offense is struggling this yr because no 2 wr threat to take the pressure off AB a lot of people saying coates can be that guy I just don’t see it waaay too inconsistent in my opinion with a playoff game on the line and Antonio double teamed I would trust wheaton before I trust coates in that situation

  • Steelers12

    Coates was reliable up until the finger injury but Bryant will be # 2 anyway

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    You think so I heard them talk about how great he looked in practice but then come GameDay he’ll have like 1 or 2 big catches but like 4-5 big drops and to be honest I think Ben lost trust in him

  • Steelers12

    Wheaton never plays, DHB, Rogers and Ayers are better players

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    He injury prone I agree with you there

  • Milliken Steeler

    I’m gonna miss Markus and I wish him well. He was a nice route runner and had good hands and barring injury, he should have had a nice year. I’m not gonna give a guy a hard time for never making the organization look bad off the field and being taken out by injury.

    Good luck Markus.

  • jsteeler

    DHB just signed a 3 year contract……. Dummy

  • jsteeler

    DHB just signed a 3 year contract. Dummy

  • Jaybird

    My response was to Pittsburghjoe who thought DHB is on the bubble for next year. I disagreed . I realize he signed a new contract, but he is only owed
    400,000 combined for the last two years, so it’s not like he can’t be cut. But again I disagreed with another fan’s post . Idiot.

  • prnitz

    I was for playing DHB over Wheaton from the get-go. It’s kind of funny hearing people talk about how indispensable he is now. If Bryant can keep his nose clean we will have strong receiving corps for the next few years. Hamilton has been a nice fill-in but if Coates gets healthy pretty sure they will go with him. Havent seen enough of Ayers to have any feeling on him yet