Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is confident that he will be ready to play against the Broncos on Sept. 9, but the call won’t ultimately be up to him.
It will be up to the Steelers coaches to make that call. Coach Mike Tomlin said he wasn’t prepared to discuss Wallace’s status because “he hasn’t done anything other than show up.” Offensive coordinator Todd Haley had a bit more to say about the possibility of Wallace finding his way into the lineup for the opener.
“You’re talking about a guy who’s a wide receiver, a pass-catcher,” Haley said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s not a running back or someone who has to be in the action of the game. I think it’s feasible he’s ready to go when we start this thing up.”
Antonio Brown, who got a contract extension while Wallace, who is expected to return to split end after playing flanker down the stretch last season, was staying away from the team, explained that Wallace could help the offense right away because he can “take the top off” the defense and open things up underneath. Wallace will need to do that in order to land the kind of contract that he wants, but it isn’t the worst place to start for a Steelers offense that certainly looks better when Wallace is a part of it.