The Pittsburgh Steelers very well could have been wise to keep six wide receivers on their roster to start the season. Veteran slot-receiver Lance Moore is nursing a groin injury that has kept him out of practice all week. Moore's participation in practice Friday will determine his availability for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Backing up at the slot-receiver role is second-year wideout Justin Brown. Although Brown didn't play the slot at Oklahoma, he did play there for two years when he attended Penn State University before transferring to Oklahoma. Brown has practiced in the slot since minicamp, and the Steelers have shown a comfort level with him being on the field in that position.
Moore's absence could also equate to more snaps for rookie running back/wide receiver Dri Archer. Archer has been used in the slot several times in the preseason, and could see an increase in his snap count if Moore is unable to play Sunday.
Rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant (shoulder) and lineman Cody Wallace (finger) also sat out of practice Thursday while cornerback Brice McCain (groin) practiced on a limited basis. Linebacker Sean Spence and tight end Matt Spaeth, who were limited on Wednesday, were full participants in practice Thursday.