Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hopes to return from his foot injury in time for the Steelers’ last preseason game, which is against the Carolina Panthers. Sanders had surgery on both feet in the offseason.
This is an unfortunate time for Sanders to be hurt. The Steelers have Mike Wallace and Hines Ward as their top two wide receivers, and Sanders’ fellow second-year wideout Antonio Brown has looked good in camp and played well in the Steelers’ first preseason game against the Washington Redskins. In addition, the Steelers recently signed veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to provide depth.
This would have been a great time for Sanders to step up and show he deserves increased playing time, but right now, it’s not even clear how much he’ll be able to contribute when he gets back – I’m no doctor, but a foot injury at a position where speed is paramount doesn’t sound good. He’ll get more opportunities later in the season, and he still has a bunch of upside, but this injury has to frustrate him.
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