• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Pittsburgh Steelers' Markus Wheaton Practices fully

    Wheaton (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.Wheaton should be fine for Monday night's game against the Chargers, though the impending return of Martavis Bryant caps Wheaton's Week 5 fantasy upside in the Steelers' Mike Vick-helmed passing offense.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Steelers WR Markus Wheaton suffers ankle injury in Week 4 loss

    Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton injured his ankle during Thursday's loss to the Ravens, finishing with one catch for 18 yards on his only target.Wheaton suffered the injury in the first half and was announced as probable to return, but he didn't play any snaps after halftime, leaving Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates to work alongside Antonio Brown, according to Pro Football Focus. Even if the extra rest before Week 5 allows for a return to full health, Wheaton has seemingly missed his chance to become a leading contributor in the Pittsburgh offense. Martavis Bryant is expected to return from a suspension for Week 5 against the Chargers, and while Wheaton opened the season ahead of his more talented teammate on the depth chart, Bryant figures to be more involved in the offense. Wheaton caught just eight passes for 156 yards on 15 targets during Bryant's four-game absence.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Steelers WR Markus Wheaton catches only two in Sunday victory

    Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (chest) caught just two passes for 16 yards in an offensively lackluster win over St. Louis on Sunday. On top of the Week 3 stat line, his status moving forward took a hit when QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury that figures to sideline him at least a few weeks. Moreover, fellow wideout Martavis Bryant (suspension) is poised to return to the lineup in Week 5, at which time Wheaton will have added competition for targets. Wheaton needs to make a statement Thursday night against Baltimore.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Steelers WR Markus Wheaton fine for Week 3 action

    Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (chest) is active for the Week 3 clash at St. Louis. Wheaton has only five catches on the year so far, but he will look to add to that total against the Rams.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Steelers WR Markus Wheaton nearly clear for Sunday action

    Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (chest) practiced fully Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday against St. Louis. Through two games, Wheaton has caught five passes for 122 yards, numbers that have given him modest Fantasy utility out of the gate despite playing second fiddle to Antonio Brown. His opportunities should continue while Martavis Bryant remains suspended for the next two games.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Chest issue has Steelers WR Markus Wheaton out Thursday

    Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (chest) was a no-go Thursday for practice. Wheaton has been added to the injury report and his status will be very much worth revisiting Friday. If he is limited, or misses the clash Sunday against St. Louis, Darrius Heyward-Bey could receive more playing time and targets.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Steelers WR Markus Wheaton nets two catches in Week 2 win

    Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton had two catches for 67 yards in Sunday's blowout win over the 49ers. Many were expecting Wheaton to enjoy a hot start as Pittsburgh's No. 2 receiver after news of Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension broke, but he has been thoroughly outperformed by Darrius Heyward-Bey through two weeks. Wheaton only garnered a disappointing four targets in this game compared to five for Heyward-Bey and 11 for Antonio Brown, and failed to find pay dirt despite the team scoring six touchdowns. All that being said, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spreads the ball around enough that Wheaton could have a big game soon even with Brown and Heyward-Bey getting theirs.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Steelers WR Markus Wheaton accepts permanent move to slot

    Third-year receiver Markus Wheaton had his eyes set on playing opposite Steelers stud Antonio Brown this season. But the emergence of Martavis Bryant has Wheaton relegated to the slot position. He's not complaining about that - he ran 119 routes from the slot a year ago, per Pro Football Focus. That has allowed Wheaton to brace for a permanent move. "The plays I had last year were customized for me," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "...I'm going to see a lot more. ... I wouldn't say that it is out of my comfort zone, but there are things I need to learn that are different from the outside. Being on the field last year, I learned a lot in terms of reading the defenses and seeing things. Moving me inside, I am still seeing a lot of the same things." Wheaton enjoyed a semi-breakout season in 2014 with 53 catches for 644 yards and two touchdowns.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Martavis Bryant will get 'every opportunity' to be No. 2 receiver

    The Steelers will give second-year pro Martavis Bryant "every opportunity this summer to claim the No. 2 receiver spot" opposite superstar Antonio Brown, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said what Bryant accomplished in the second half of last season was a "big thing." "We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue to give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact," Haley said. A fourth-round pick out of Clemson, Bryant was inactive the first six games before catching six touchdowns in the first four games he played. He finished with 26 catches for 549 yards and eight scores, adding five grabs for 61 yards and a touchdown in the playoff loss to Baltimore."When young guys come in at the receiver position and contribute early like he did, it is a big thing," Haley said. "He took a lot of pressure off Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton … he really had a big impact on our offense. He is a guy we are going to work real hard throughout the offseason and, like all young players, he should make progress from year one to year two." Wheaton caught 53 passes for 644 yards and two scores while playing every game.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Steelers' Troy Polamalu doubtful to play Sunday vs. Chiefs

    The Steelers released their final injury report for Week 16's game against the Chiefs and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) is listed as doubtful. Cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) is also listed as doubtful. Tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) is the only player listed as questionable. The following players are listed as probable: William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, James Harrison, Steve McLendon, Heath Miller, Mike Mitchell, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton. The Steelers are 3-point favorites.