For the second time this off-season, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has had surgery on a broken foot, suffered in Super Bowl XLV against the Green Bay Packers.
Per Sanders’ Twitter account, his plan for the rest of the week is to kick back, elevate his foot and play video games. His recovery time is looking to be at the very least a month, but during the off-season that doesn’t seem to bad, especially with a 2011-2012 season seeming less and less likely as the weeks roll by.
Sanders caught 28 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie year, including seven catches for 91 yards in the playoffs, where he averaged 13 yards per catch.
The best thing about Sanders’ situation is the fact that he is constantly optimistic, going so far as to joke when asked about his status, he asked why Antwaan Randle El got an invitation to watch Hines Ward on Dancing With The Stars, whereas he was stuck at home doing the same.
Sanders looks to factor into the Steelers offense in a big way next season (pending, of course) and there are whispers that he may step into a starting role, with Mike Wallace taking over Ward’s position, and Sanders stepping into the spot that Wallace left available. Ward would of course still see plenty of playing time, as the Steelers would more than likely run quite a few more three wide receiver packages.