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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 189
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (79) / PIT
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Markus Wheaton (shoulder) said he doesn't expect to play until after the Steelers' bye week.
The Steelers have a Week 8 bye, which means he'll be out for Sunday's game against New England. Wheaton admitted he recently had a setback with his injured shoulder. He's week to week. Eli Rogers will continue to play in three-wide sets along with Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates. Oct 19 - 4:39 PM

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin considers Markus Wheaton (shoulder) questionable for Week 7 against the Patriots.

A shoulder injury has limited Wheaton to three games this year. Wheaton has struggled even when he's been active, producing just four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Sammie Coates has surpassed him as the Steelers' No. 2 wideout.
Oct 18 - 12:24 PM

Steelers declared WR Markus Wheaton, DE Cameron Heyward, C Cody Wallace, ILB Ryan Shazier, RT Marcus Gilbert, S Shamarko Thomas, and QB Zach Mettenberger inactive for Week 6 against the Dolphins.

All of them are hurt besides Mettenberger.
Oct 16 - 11:46 AM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 6.

Eli Rogers is expected to return to his slot receiver role.
Oct 14 - 1:28 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) remained sidelined on Thursday.

Wheaton's shoulder is acting up again. The Steelers could be pretty thin at wideout this week with Wheaton and Sammie Coates (finger) both nursing injuries. At least slot receiver Eli Rogers is practicing fully after missing the last two games with turf toe.
Oct 13 - 4:21 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Wheaton wasn't on the injury report last week, though he did miss the first two games of 2016 with a shoulder issue. Sammie Coates (hand) has surpassed Wheaton as the team's No. 2 wideout, though neither player will be 100 percent heading into Week 6.
Oct 12 - 4:11 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in the Steelers' Week 5 win over the Jets.

Wheaton's missed connection came beyond the end zone. Now a distant No. 3 on the depth chart behind Sammie Coates, Wheaton will find himself battling for snaps with Eli Rogers whenever the second-year UDFA finally returns from his toe injury. He's off the re-draft radar.
Oct 9 - 5:12 PM

Markus Wheaton had one catch for a 30-yard touchdown in Week 4.

Wheaton was out-targeted and played behind Sammie Coates, who finished with six catches for 79 yards. Despite the TD, he's been mostly a non-factor since returning from injury. Wheaton's role could be further diminished when Eli Rogers returns.
Oct 3 - 12:54 AM

Markus Wheaton is still dealing with "discomfort" in his shoulder.

An AC sprain in Wheaton's shoulder cost him the first two weeks. He returned in Week 3, dropped three passes, and got benched before returning when Eli Rogers (turf toe) left the game. The Steelers can't count on Wheaton to make meaningful contributions at this point. He's droppable in 14-team leagues.
Sep 30 - 2:00 PM

Markus Wheaton secured one-of-five targets for two yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

It took him four quarters to gather his first catch. Wheaton dropped a sure touchdown in the first quarter and was benched until Eli Rogers left the game with a toe injury. He proceeded to drop his next two targets. Wheaton missed the first two games of the season with a shoulder injury and it looked like he forgot how to play football during his time off. Perhaps he’ll redeem himself next week against the Chiefs.
Sep 25 - 8:09 PM

PennLive's Jacob Klinger reports Markus Wheaton (shoulder) will rotate with Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey opposite Antonio Brown.

Wheaton was slated to be the clear No. 2 to open the season, but a sprained right shoulder kept him out the first two weeks. Now he is returning to a timeshare. "I mean coming in I kind of wanted to take over that role, but things happen," Wheaton said. "Things happen and all I can do is get better now and keep continuing to grow." Splitting snaps, Wheaton is not worth using even in a decent matchup this week, but he could establish himself as the clear starter with a strong showing.
Source: Penn Live
Sep 24 - 9:22 AM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) was not listed on the final injury report for Week 3 against the Eagles.

Wheaton said his absence last week was because of a lack of game preparation rather than his troublesome shoulder, and he is ready after another full week of practice. Sammie Coates was heavily involved as a deep threat against the Bengals, but Wheaton should return to the starting role opposite Antonio Brown. He is a deep league option in a decent matchup against the Eagles.
Sep 23 - 7:49 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) remained "full" on Thursday.

Wheaton was "full" last Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out, but this week should be different. Wheaton might be eased in, but remains Ben Roethlisberger's No. 2 weapon on paper. He's a WR5 for Week 3 who could be much higher next week.
Sep 22 - 6:21 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday.

He reportedly said after practice he is planning to play this week, but he was a full participant Wednesday and Thursday last week before being held out against the Bengals. Wheaton is certainly trending towards active, but his status cannot be taken for granted.
Sep 22 - 8:25 AM

Markus Wheaton said his shoulder is "fine."

Wheaton missed his second game in a row Sunday, but he said the injury did not play a role in the decision. "It's just a matter that I missed a lot of football," Wheaton said. "And so with that little bit of practice it was an easy call." Wheaton practiced in full early last week before being limited on Friday. Another week of full practices should have him ready for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles.
Sep 20 - 10:30 AM

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QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Eli Rogers
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Sammie Coates
3Cobi Hamilton
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Jesse James
2David Johnson
3Xavier Grimble
4Ladarius Green
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
RG1David DeCastro
2B.J. Finney
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell