PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Last week for the first time, rookie receiver Martavis Bryant was healthy enough to play, but was scratched.
This week, the Steelers could have their biggest catch in free agency with 9-year veteran Lance Moore back from a groin injury.READ MORE: Five Month Closure Of Fort Duquesne Boulevard Begins This Week
“It’s kind of a work in progress and hopefully, I will feel better throughout the week and be ready to go on Sunday,” the 31-year-old Moore said. “That’s my goal.”
Moore admits it’s been frustrating have to wait to play with his new team and he might have pushed the original injury.
“It just takes time,” said Moore, who returned to full practice for the first time on Monday. “When the days when I was thinking I was ready, I kind of went out there and did a little bit too much and it just wasn’t ready. It’s one of those things where you can continue to do that and make it worse, or you can sit out a little bit longer and hopefully it will heal on its own. I look forward to continue to get better.”
Moore signed with the Steelers in the off-season for two years and $3 million. The veteran had an ally in coming here too.
Steelers back-up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was Moore’s college quarterback at the University of Toledo. Moore has been living at Gradkowski’s house.READ MORE: AHN Life Flight Helicopter Lands At Thomas Jefferson High School For Show And Tell
“It’s been more tough mentally just not being able to be out there with the guys,” Moore said.
But, it’s not all bad.
“I’m a visual guy that learns a lot off the stuff that I see. It’s been good for me to be able to see what is going on in the games and types of looks that we’re getting. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use that to my advantage when I get out there.”
Moore caught 37 passes last year with Drew Brees in New Orleans for 457 yards. In his career, Moore has 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns.
“I’m trying to do whatever I can to help and if they want me to come in and play a bunch of snaps, I’ll be ready. If they want me to come in and play a few snaps because it’s my first game, then I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” he said.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 2-Day Total Of 2,399 New Cases, 18 Additional Deaths