Coates: 'It’s part of the game'

Posted Jul 27, 2017

Sammie Coates is recovering after having a scope on his knee.

LATROBE, Pa. - Sammie Coates is expected to miss some time at the start of training camp, as he is recovering after undergoing a scope on his knee.

“It depends on how fast I get back on my feet and get back strong,” said Coates after arriving at Saint Vincent College for the first day of camp.

Coates said he had a scope at the end of the season, and another one shortly before the start of camp.

“It was leftover stuff from the end of the season,” said Coates, who doesn’t expect to miss all of camp. “It should be better now. It’s an old injury. I got it cleaned up at the end of the season too.”

Coates, who is entering his third season, battled injuries last year, missing valuable playing time. He finished the season with 21 receptions for 435 yards and two touchdowns. All but two of the receptions came in the first five weeks of the season, before the injuries became an issue.

The battle at receiver is going to be a tough one in camp, with a group that includes Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Cobi Hamilton, Justin Hunter, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

“It’s part of the game,” said Coates. “It’s competition. You have to be ready to go. I’ll do what I can when I get back on the field.”