The Pittsburgh Steelers are already without Ben Roethlisberger, due to a knee injury. Now, reports are coming in that Steelers Nation will have to wait at least another week before Martavis Bryant returns to action. Bryant has already been out four weeks under league suspension for substance abuse. Linebacker Ryan Shazier is definitely out.
Michael Fabiano of NFL reported that Bryant had tweaked his knee during one of the Steelers practices, and won’t be able to take the field for Monday Night Football. The Steelers travel to the West Coast for a primetime showdown against the San Diego Chargers. Quarterback Michael Vick has commented that he was concerned about Bryant.
The Steelers have had success without Bryant in the lineup, so far. Darrius Heyward-Bey has proven he can be a decent control-type receiver. Despite the fact that he isn’t the speed burner that defenses fear in Bryant, the Steelers have still utilized his skills to their advantage.
With the loss of Ben Roethlisberger, things have been complicated. Vick is a competent replacement, but at times can cause receivers to adjust to the awkward spin of his passes. With the loss of Bryant, the Steelers are less another weapon in their fight to reclaim the AFC North. Speedster Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Sammie Coates will be the tandem of receivers for Vick.