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Has Wide Receiver Mike Wallace Played His Last Game with the Pittsburgh Steelers?

December 28th, 2012 at 10:25 PM
By Mark Mihalko

As the last Friday of the Pittsburgh Steelers season is among us, that means that the final Friday injury report was released. On the list, already pronounced out for the finale, is wide receiver Mike Wallace (Hamstring), who may have already played his last season in Pittsburgh.

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After a much-hyped training camp holdout, Wallace has been one of the consistent problems on the inconsistent offense. Throughout 2012, his sub par effort and suspect hands continually drew the ire of the fan base. In fact, one might argue that if Wallace performed even close to the level of the players that he wanted to be paid like, the Steelers would have at least one and maybe victories on the season. All fans have to do is look back to the first Baltimore Ravens game to see the extreme negative impact Wallace had on that game. To be fair, other players had issues, but they did not holdout looking for a huge payday.

If the Steelers do decide to part ways with Wallace after the season, it is likely to push the wide receiver position to the forefront of the draft preparations. At this point, only Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery are signed through 2013, with Emmanuel Sanders scheduled to be a restricted free agent.

While the team did go into the 2012 season with only four wide receivers on the opening day roster, they did have the advantage of a healthy Heath Miller in the fold. With Miller coming off a significant knee injury (ACL/MCL), it is unlikely they can build the opening day roster the same way in 2013. Wide receivers that could draw some attention early in the NFL Draft are Keenan Allen from Cal or Terrance Williams from Baylor.

Joining Wallace on the sideline will be offensive tackle Mike Adams (Ankle), linebacker Marshall McFaddon (Abdomen) and cornerback Curtis Brown (Ankle).  Of the three, only Brown had been playing an extended role on defense and special teams and their loss will be minimal.

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Tags: Antonio Brown, Curtis Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Football, Jerricho Cotchery, Keenan Allen, Marshall McFaddon, Mike Adams, Mike Wallace, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Terrance Williams

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