• Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton had his first significant role in the game plan against the Vikings last week but now might not be available for the Oct. 13 game against the Jets. Wheaton suffered a broken pinkie finger during last week's 34-27 loss to the Vikings that required surgery. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that they will not evaluate Wheaton until he has his stitches removed. “It will be a number of days before that's able to transpire” Tomlin said. Wheaton has three catches for 26 yards in four games even though his snap count has risen every week. Wheaton has played in 56 snaps with 36 coming against the Vikings. He's been targeted only six times. • The Steelers practiced twice this week before having a mandatory four consecutive days off during their bye week. They could use the time off when it comes to injuries. Ben Roethlisberger (finger) Heath Miller (knee) Steve McLendon (hamstring) and Le'Veon Bell (foot) were “tempered” during the week according to Tomlin. Other players nursing injuries are DaMon Cromartie-Smith (quad) Ramon Foster (chest) and Kion Wilson (hamstring). • Offensive coordinator Todd Haley was pleasantly surprised with Bell's performance against the Vikings especially with the tenacity in which he ran. “He made a couple of attitude runs running over the safety and carrying some linebackers with him” Haley said. “Overall missing a ton of time and not having seen him a whole bunch other than really the first week-and-half of training camp. I thought that it was a real good start.” Bell rushed for 57 yards on 16 carries and scored on a runs of 8 and 1 yards.
Rookie WR Wheaton undergoes pinkie surgery
Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Oct 3