Mike Wallace To Play Week One?

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According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Mike Wallace can be a playmaker for the Steelers as early as next week. Everwhere I go, I hear that Wallace will play in week one. Even the Steeler’s Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said, “You’re talking about a guy who’s a wide receiver, a pass-catcher… It’s not a running back or someone who has to be in the action of the game. I think it’s feasible he’s ready to go when we start this thing up.”

Maybe, but it’s also pretty common that when you rush players back from a long layoff, they get injured. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on it. You can’t suddenly start playing after only a week of being back in football. The human body isn’t designed that way.

They need to bring Wallace back slowly. If he does play week one, save him for only a handful of plays, if even that. But you can’t chance losing him for an extended period to rush him back for one game.

As for the contract being worked out, an AP article on ESPN.com explains that Wallace will play under the one-year, $2.7 million tender offered by the Steelers and hope something lengthier gets worked out before the regular season begins next week. As a rule the Steelers don’t negotiate contracts during the season.

Wallace himself says, “We have two weeks to the game…I’ve been working out. I’ve been really good conditioning. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.”

Hey Mike, how about this? “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Otherwise, my crystal ball (which correctly predicted Chad Johnson’s meltdown) is making another prediction…
 

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