Mike Wallace’s holdout lasted over a month, but could end up costing him zero actual playing time. Comments from Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley indicate that it’s at least possible that Wallace will be on the field for the Steelers week one game against the Denver Broncos. Via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “You’re talking about a guy who’s a wide receiver, a pass-catcher,” Haley said. “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.” It is feasible, but keep in mind that the Steelers haven’t even seen Wallace in practice yet. He did show up and sign his tender, but NFL rules say he still can’t practice for three days after that. That leaves an awfully short amount of time to get ready for the Broncos, especially in a brand new offense. Ultimately, a lot of this will depend on how well Wallace has stayed in shape while away from the team. Like Haley said, Wallace is a receiver, so it makes things less complicated. They can put him on the field and let him know what route to run, and he can go do it. He may not be at 100% of his capabilities, and he might not be an every down player, but he could contribute.
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Steelers could have Mike Wallace on the field for their first game (Shutdown Corner)