An injury to another Pittsburgh receiver is giving Sanders an opportunity to shine for something other than his acting skills. The team leader in receptions, Antonio Brown, has not practiced this week and almost assuredly will not play Monday night against Kansas City (1-7).
"As a third wide receiver, you've got to know multiple positions. You've got to know almost every position on the field," Sanders said. "So that's my job. If someone goes down, I've got to go in and fill that void."
A foot injury last season contributed to Sanders being limited to more of a complementary role while Mike Wallace and Brown ascended to stardom. This week, Sanders gets his turn for the Steelers (5-3).
"He's a great player; he's always been ready," Wallace said. "There's never been a doubt in my mind that if anybody goes down he can step in here and not miss a beat."
NOTES: RT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) did not practice and will likely miss his fourth consecutive game Monday. ... RB Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) was limited in practice and it is not considered likely to play against the Chiefs. ... RB Chris Rainey (bruised ribs) said he will play. ... RB Jonathan Dwyer (quadriceps) also is on track to return to game action after sitting out last week.
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