Sanders optimistic about playing Sunday

PITTSBURGH -- Emmanuel Sanders did not try to run on his injured knee Tuesday, but the wide receiver is optimistic about playing Sunday in the Pittsburgh Steelers' regular-season finale against the visiting Browns.

Sanders, who hurt his knee while running a route on the muddy turf at Lambeau Field last Sunday, received good news this week when an MRI revealed no serious damage.

Sanders said he worked with the Steelers’ trainers on Tuesday and that he will get treatment on his knee Wednesday even though the players are off.

“I’m not 100 percent comfortable planting on it, things of that sort, because of the soreness, so we’re just going to take it day by day,” said Sanders, who has caught 65 passes for 714 yards and six touchdowns in his first season as a starter. “At some point I’ve got to make a decision of how comfortable I am, but the good thing is the game is a long way away.”

Sanders acknowledged that Sunday could be his final game with the Steelers.

Sanders will be an unrestricted free agent in March, and his future in Pittsburgh is uncertain, though he said he wants to stay with the Steelers.

“I love it here,” Sanders said. “This is home to me. I hope everything works out for the best.”