Where in The World Is Limas Sweed?

Reed AndrewsContributor IMarch 11, 2010

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 13:  Limas Sweed #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on August 13, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers won 20-10.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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In the second round of the 2008 NFL, many Steeler fans, including myself, were happy to see that the Steelers spent the pick on a tall receiver for Big Ben to throw to like he had previously commented on before the draft. Sweed was set to be a third receiver behind Ward and Holmes after Sweed passed Nate Washington or he left. Instead today he is not even on the depth charts and might never put on the Black and Gold again. He has been a Pre-Season star and looked to be a great asset to the Steelers offense last year after he look to have locked up the third receiver position after an impressive off-season. But instead he was surpassed by rookie Mike Wallace at the start of the season. That necessarily isn't a knock on Sweed when you take a look at how Walace produced last season including the game winning catch against Green Bay. But still in his limited time on the field, Sweed made crucial drops and seemed to have lost the fourth string job to McDonald. Then the mysterious injury came up and ended Sweed's season. Whether or not Sweed had a serious issue, it raised a lot of eyebrows about his future with the team. Now the Steelers have brought in two experienced receivers in Arnaz Battle and the return of Randle El. Sweed would need to seriously impress the Steelers to even see the field again. The way this has played out for Sweed is kind of hard to see when he had such high expectations coming out of Texas. I would still like to see Sweed catching passes for the Steelers in the future, but it would take a lot of miracles for him to even make the training camp roster.