The 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers have finalized their trade for offensive tackle and will now head into their bye week to contemplate what could have been had they not been their own worst enemy ion the first four weeks of the 2013 season. It is also a perfect time for the team to get healthy, as many players are already dealing with nagging injuries.Ben Roethlisberger (finger) and guard Ramon Foster (chest), who were injured against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4, both had positive medical checks once the team returned from London. More importantly, both veterans should be able to suit up against the New York Jets after the bye.
However, all of the injury news was not so positive. Lost in the excitement of the Pittsburgh Pirates Wildcard victory and the shock of completing an in-season trade, the Steelers may see wide receiver Markus Wheaton miss some time. The rookie third-round underwent surgery to repair a broken pinkie finger and will not be evaluated for a return until after his stitches are removed.
For Wheaton, who has steadily rose up the depth chart and started to see an increased role in the offense, this is a tremendous set-back. On the year, he has three receptions for 26 yards, but his potential and skill set could lead to increased production as he becomes more familiar with his role in the offense. If Wheaton cannot go Week 6 against the Jets, wide receiver Derek Moye, who has been inactive the past two games, will likely take his spot on game day.
The Steelers also have some players with typical bumps and bruises and the bye week should help get them ready for the Jets. Besides Roethlisberger, Foster and Wheaton, Heath Miller (knee), Le’Veon Bell (foot), Steve McLendon (hamstring), Damon Cromartie-Smith (quad), and Kion Wilson (hamstring) all spent some time dealing with their injuries.
This extra time could be a huge boost for Miller and Bell, who have both returned from injury in recent weeks, will only get healthier. In both cases, they have been impressive and could add even more to the offense when they are closer to 100 percent. Especially Bell, who proved to be an effective running back for the struggling rushing attack. While his numbers were not overwhelming, he ran with a purpose and opened up play-action for Roethlisberger.
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