The Steelers lost a chance to add Plaxico Burress to their wide receiving corps Sunday and now they've lost Emmanuel Sanders for at least the next three weeks.
Sanders, who became their No. 3 wide receiver as a rookie last season, is walking on crutches and his left foot is in a boot after a procedure to help it heal. Sanders caught 28 passes as a rookie, 12 of them in the final three games as he became a more favorite target of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
But his right foot was broken in the Super Bowl and he wound up having surgery to repair breaks in both feet. The most recent surgery, on his left foot, was done 12-13 weeks ago. He reported to camp and ran the first day and practiced the second but began having problems with his foot.
He described the procedure that was done on his left foot on Monday in which bone marrow was removed through his heel and then injected in his foot to speed the recovery.
Veteran receiver Hines Ward remains on the physically unable to perform list as his thumb continues to recover from surgery. Veteran Antwaan Randle El was released before camp began last Thursday.