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Steelers Injury Report: Markus Wheaton limited Thursday with groin injury

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have found a solid No. 2 receiver in Markus Wheaton, but the second-year pro has been limited through the first two practices this week with a groin injury.

Streeter Lecka

The Pittsburgh Steelers received some good news and bad news in terms of the team's overall injury situation.

The good news is that offensive guard Ramon Foster has been a full participant in practice the past two days, and looks to be re-inserted back into his usual starting left guard position when the Steelers travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on Sunday after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

The bad news for Pittsburgh is that second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton was a limited participant for the second day in a row with a nagging groin injury.

The Steelers very well could be taking a cautious approach to Wheaton and his preparation leading up to the game Sunday, not wanting to aggravate a minor injury.

Nonetheless, as is customary with the Steelers organization, if Wheaton isn't a full participant in practice Friday, odds are he won't suit up on Sunday.

If Wheaton is unable to play this Sunday, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Justin Brown would likely take the majority of the snaps opposite Antonio Brown, with Lance Moore seeing significantly more snaps from the slot.

The talent drop off from Wheaton to Heyward-Bey or Justin Brown is a big one, and something the Steelers hope they don't have to worry about this Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger was listed as a limited participant in practice with a non-injury related tag attached to his name, likely meaning he was given a rest day leading into Friday.

Other players who missed practice were rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant (illness), Ryan Shazier (knee) and Ike Taylor (broken forearm). Brett Keisel (non-injury related), Troy Polamalu (non-injury related), Heath Miller (non-injury related) and Mike Mitchell (non-injury related) all returned from their day off and were full participants in practice.

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