Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is now in a starter's role alongside Antonio Brown on Pittsburgh's depth chart for this week's game.
The team had no choice but to move Markus Wheaton to second string after he's missed four games with a shoulder injury and has struggled to find a rhythm in the three games he has played. Plus, Heyward-Bey has been a valuable reserve receiver and special-teamer; he nearly caught two touchdown passes in Week 7 against the New England Patriots.
Sammie Coates will eventually regain a prominent role once his broken finger heals, but he's been listed as a No. 2 all season. Heyward-Bey will have more value if Ben Roethlisberger is able to play at QB this week.