One of the games on Monday Night Football this week sees the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Washington Redskins at FedExField. The Steelers will already be without running back Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant due to suspensions, but now their offense has taken another blow.
The team announced on Saturday, according to NFL.com that wide receiver Markus Wheaton will also miss the opening game of the season due to a shoulder injury, another hit in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's passing game.
Wheaton hadn't been a participant in practice all week, so many personnel and fans of the Steelers probably saw this coming, but the loss of him is still damaging as the team loses experience on the field.
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In his place, Sammie Coates will get a chance to shine after he only had one reception for 11 yards last season across six games. Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey should also see more opportunities as well.
Still, the core of the Steelers' offense is still there in Big Ben and wide receiver Antonio Brown, but there is now even more pressure on them to perform.
It could be a very tough task for them to win this game, especially with Brown receiving coverage from Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman and possibly double coverage. The rest of the team's wideouts will need to step up if they are to leave Washington with a win.
Pittsburgh have also announced that cornerback Senquez Golson (foot), running back Roosevelt Nix (back) and center Cody Wallace (knee) will also not play, while Washington has said running back Matt Jones, receiver Josh Doctson, defensive end Kendall Reyes, nose tackle Kendrick Golston, and guard Spencer Long are listed as questionable.