Emmanuel Sanders injury: Steelers WR won't return against Packers

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Sanders has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been knocked out against the Green Bay Packers with a knee injury and will not return, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Sanders had two receptions for 7 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown catch late in the first quarter.

With Sanders sidelined, Markus Wheaton and Jerricho Cotchery will see increased opportunities opposite No. 1 receiver Antonio Brown.

The fourth-year receiver has had a career year in 2013. He's posted career highs in receptions (65), yards (714) and touchdowns (six). He's been instrumental in the Steelers' midseason surge to overcome an 0-4 start and pull back into the playoff race, catching touchdowns in four of the team's last five games.

The 6-8 Steelers will see their playoff hopes die in Green Bay unless they can beat the Packers. They currently sit two games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC wild-card race, though the Ravens are down big against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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