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Steelers WR Sammie Coates expects to miss weeks, not months, after knee scope

With the Steelers WR battle about to ensue Friday, Sammie Coates will be watching, and he gave a timetable for his return to practice.

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When news broke of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Sammie Coates requiring knee surgery, fans immediately wrote off the former third round pick. Coates, who was having a career year in 2016 before injuring his hand, was reportedly going to miss anywhere from weeks to months with the knee injury, and as he reported to training camp Thursday, he shed some light on the topic.

See what was said as Coates rolled into the dorms at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA:

What was truly interesting was how Coates told reporters this wasn’t the first knee scope he has had this offseason. The first was immediately after the season, and now immediately before training camp.

Either way you look at it, two knee surgeries over the course of six months is never a good thing, and Coates will have to battle his way from behind the proverbial eight-ball to ensure he still has a spot on the team’s roster after the final cut down day later this summer.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on training camp!