Lance Moore said he practiced Monday, and the veteran wide receiver is optimistic he will be able to play in his first game in more than a month.
“I felt better today than I have in a number of weeks,” said Moore, who has been hampered by a nagging groin injury. “That’s encouraging and I’m looking forward to continuing getting better. Hopefully I’ll feel better throughout the week and hopefully be ready to go on Sunday. That’s my goal.”
Moore's return would help an offense that has struggled since putting up 27 points in the first half of a season-opening win against the Browns.
Moore gives the Steelers an experienced No. 3 wide receiver, something they haven’t had with first-year player Justin Brown the last two games. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Moore is just two seasons removed from catching 65 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns for the Saints, and he could really help the Steelers as their slot receiver.
Moore has not played in a game since the Steelers’ second preseason contest Aug. 16 because of the groin injury that has tested the ninth-year veteran’s patience.
“It just takes time, and the days I was thinking it was ready I kind of got out there and did a little bit and it just wasn’t ready yet,” Moore said. “It was kind of one of those thing where you can continue to do that and make it worse or you can sit out a little bit longer and hopefully it heals up on his own.”
Dri Archer is hoping to join Moore in returning to the field, though the rookie running back/wide receiver is probably questionable at best for the 8:30 p.m. ET game against the Panthers.
Archer, who didn’t play last week against the Ravens because of a sprained ankle and a knee injury, said he practiced Monday on a limited basis after getting treatment at Steelers headquarters over the weekend.
“I did a little bit, just getting a test of how it feels,” Archer said following the Steelers’ first practice of the week. “I’m hoping (to play against the Panthers). It’s feeling a little better, and I’m just taking it day by day and getting more treatment.”