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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 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

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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

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Markus Wheaton (shoulder) will be inactive Week 2 against the Bengals.

This is not surprising after Wheaton was downgraded to limited in Friday's practice after being full earlier in the week. Rapoport seemed to suggest he will be ready to go next week. With Wheaton out, Sammie Coates will see more snaps, but Eli Rogers should see the second-most targets behind Antonio Brown. Jesse James will also be heavily involved. Pittsburgh also declared QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Senquez Golson, FB Roosevelt Nix, C Cody Wallace, LB Steven Johnson, and DE L.T. Walton inactive for Week 2.
Sep 18 - 11:26 AM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder, questionable) was limited in Friday's practice.

Wheaton got in full sessions Wednesday and Thursday, so this represents a downgrade. Officially listed as questionable, it remains likely Wheaton plays, but his status can no longer be taken for granted. He will be at best a WR4 if active.
Sep 16 - 7:42 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 2.

Barring a setback, Wheaton will be good to go against the Bengals after missing the opener. Wheaton is ticketed for a big role this season, but he can't yet be trusted as more than a WR4. Jesse James and Eli Rogers are looking like real competition for targets behind Antonio Brown.
Sep 15 - 6:55 PM

Steelers declared WR Markus Wheaton, QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Senquez Golson, FB Roosevelt Nix, LB Steven Johnson, G/C Cody Wallace and DE L.T. Walton inactive for Week 1 vs. the Steelers.

With Wheaton sidelined, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates figure to rotate in three-receiver sets. Wheaton is week to week, and will have a decent shot at returning in Week 2.
Sep 12 - 5:54 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Redskins.

This is not surprising after Wheaton missed every practice and OC Todd Haley said he wanted to focus on "the guys that are available and playing" when asked about the injured receiver. Despite a terrible preseason, Sammie Coates should get an opportunity to start against Washington. He is still no better than a deep-league and GPP flier. Wheaton is not a lock to be ready for Week 2.
Sep 10 - 12:51 PM

Speaking about Markus Wheaton (shoulder), Steelers OC Todd Haley said he worries "about the guys that are available and playing."

Wheaton was already questionable at best after sitting out the first two days of practice, but these comments strongly suggest the receiver is not playing Monday night. If Wheaton sits, Sammie Coates should get an opportunity to start despite a dreadful training camp, and Antonio Brown could see even more targets than normal against Washington.
Sep 10 - 10:45 AM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) is considered "unlikely" to play on Monday Night Football against the Redskins after missing practice all week.

Wheaton previously guaranteed he would play against Washington, but beat writer David Todd considers Wheaton "a big question mark" who ultimately "looks unlikely" to play in Week 1. If Wheaton indeed is inactive, Sammie Coates or Darrius Heyward-Bey would get the start across from Antonio Brown. Eli Rogers is the Steelers' slot receiver. Pittsburgh holds one more practice on Saturday. We should have a firmer grasp on Wheaton's status then.
Sep 9 - 2:13 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) was held out of Thursday's practice.

Wheaton has guaranteed he'll suit up for Monday's opener, but his week is off on the wrong foot. The Steelers are likely just being cautious, but Wheaton's status obviously can't be taken for granted. He needs to get in at least a limited session on Friday. Wheaton will be on the WR3/4 borderline if he can go against the Redskins.
Sep 8 - 3:45 PM

Markus Wheaton (shoulder) was limited to individual drills at Wednesday's practice.

Wheaton is dealing with soreness in his right shoulder but said he'll "for sure" be on the field Monday against the Redskins. The contract-year wideout played well down the stretch last season and should see an expanded role in 2016 with Martavis Bryant serving a year-long suspension.
Sep 7 - 5:51 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Eli Rogers
WR31Eli Rogers
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
K1Chris Boswell