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Sunday, May 2, 2010
Sweed's injury another blow to Steelers

By James Walker
ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Steelers nearly got out of their 2010 mandatory minicamp without incident. But on the final practice of the weekend, the team potentially suffered a significant setback to its receiving corps.

Such is life during the Steelers' wild and crazy offseason.

On Sunday, Pittsburgh third-year receiver Limas Sweed suffered an Achilles injury that could be serious, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Sweed recently overcame family issues and was looking forward to this season. He also changed his jersey this week to No. 80 to symbolize a fresh start.

Depending on the severity, an Achilles injury could sideline Sweed for part or all of this upcoming season. It would be the latest setback for a receiver who's struggled during his tenure in Pittsburgh.

But the offseason trade for starter Santonio Holmes opened the door for Sweed to possibly earn playing time again. He was in competition with Antwaan Randle El, Arnaz Battle and rookie Emmanuel Sanders to be the No. 3 receiver, which plays an important role in Pittsburgh's offense.

If Sweed cannot return, the Steelers' depth is drastically hurt behind starters Hines Ward and second-year standout Mike Wallace. It's yet another blow to a passing game that's already severely hindered without star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is serving a conditional six-game suspension.