Steelers big-play threat Sammie Coates won’t be 100% vs. Dolphins

Sammie Coates is one of the best big-play threats in the league. (Getty Images)

Sammie Coates is one of the best big-play threats in the league. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–One break for the Dolphins‘ defense as they get ready to open the playoffs is that Steelers receiver Sammie Coates won’t be full strength.

Coates, who averaged 20.7 yards on his 21 catches this season, has been playing through multiple finger injuries this year and is dealing with a hamstring issue. He missed the final two games of the season and had a six-game stretch late in the year in which he had no catches.

“Healing will take a while because I’m still playing,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s about going out there and playing the best way I can.”

Coates has one finger in a splint and has said the problems with his hand will not go away until after the season.

He was active when the Steelers visited Miami in October, but wasn’t a factor. He was targeted four times and had no catches. Pittsburgh also uses him as a kick returner at times.

On the flipside, Darrius Heyward-Bey looks like he’s relatively healthy after battling a foot injury. He had a 46-yard catch in the Steelers’ regular-season finale against Cleveland. The Dolphins remember him, of course, from burning them on a 60-yard reverse for a touchdown this year.

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