Emmanuel Sanders on knee: Good thing the game is a long way away
Posted by Josh Alper on December 25, 2013
The Steelers aren’t practicing on Wednesday so that players and coaches can spend Christmas with their families, but they were required to submit a practice report estimating what players would have done at practice.
According to the team, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders would not have participated because of the knee injury he suffered last Sunday. Sanders, who has 65 catches for 714 yards this season, was deemed questionable for Sunday’s game by coach Mike Tomlin and said on Tuesday that it’s a positive that there are still a few days before they face the Browns.
“I’m not 100 percent comfortable planting on it, things of that sort, because of the soreness, so we’re just going to take it day by day,” Sanders said, via Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “At some point I’ve got to make a decision of how comfortable I am, but the good thing is the game is a long way away.”
The Steelers still have a way into the playoffs, although it will require losses by all the other teams vying for a Wild Card while the Steelers take care of business against Cleveland. If they don’t, Sunday’s game could be the last one that Sanders, an impending free agent, spends as a member of the team.
Linebacker Jason Worilds, defensive end Brett Keisel and linebacker Terence Garvin would also have sat out practice with injuries had the Steelers practiced on Wednesday.
Isn't this the same guy who was more out of the lineup than in for the past 3 years as the team's #3 receiver due to various injuries? How is him being hurt AGAIN supposed to convince me that this guy is a keeper?
As long as we don't over pay for him I'm okay with keeping him. Some team will probably over pay for him and that's okay by me. With the way the passing games has taken over the number two and three receivers have become important and their value have increased. I'd rather have a guy with great hands with the ability to run routes, doesn't have to be a speedy guy as our number 2 or 3 receiver if it means getting them at a decent price. Paying for a guy that has speed and suspect hands does not make for counting on him. Hines was this type guy. Antonio to me has the speed that we need to stretch the field or at least gather a lot of attention from the defenses.
1.25 DT Vernon Butler, La Tech, 6’4” 323
2.58 CB Artie Burns, Miami, 5’11” 189
3.89 OLB, Alex McCalister, Florida, 6’6” 240-Jarvis Jones’ replacement
4.123 S Jayron Kearse, Clemson, 6’4 216-hybrid type we could use in 3-3-5 defense
6.220 OT Stephane Nembot, 6’7” 322-raw talent with ton of upside
7.229 CB Brian Poole, Florida, 5’10” 210
7.246 WR/KR Ed Eagan, Northwestern State, 5’ 10” 185-need WR depth and returner
Sanders has been a little better than I think he is getting credit for. Some suggest he is not a real No. 2 receiver. What would that be? I checked NFL stats, there are 8 teams in the NFL among 32 that have a No. 2 wide receiver who has gained more than Sanders 700 + yards. So in my mind he is in the upper echelon of No. 2 receivers. I think he is replaceable as are 90% of the rest of the players, but I also think he has been among the better players on the Steelers this year and much more of a positive than not. Also gives the team an above average returner.
I think he can and probably will get better. I think he needs to work on his strength IMO, but he has been mostly healthy for the last two years. It's more rare for a player to never be injured, which is what I guess fans think should happen. He won't get a massive Mike Wallace deal. If he came back, they could draft all defense. I think he and Antonio Brown have proven that scoring TDS for them, even both being under six-foot is not a problem.