Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton injured his ankle during Thursday's loss to the Baltimore 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 Panthers offense. Martavis Bryant is expected to return from a suspension for Week 5 against the San Diego 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.
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.
Wheaton has only five catches on the year so far, but he will look to add to that total against the Rams.
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.
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.
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