Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Demarcus Ayers had surgery on Tuesday and according to the Houston product, everything went fine.
Ayers, who was drafted last year by the Steelers in the seventh-round, told me that he needed sports hernias on both sides taken care of on Tuesday. The wide receiver indicated that he had been bothered by the hernias all season long and that he didn’t find out until last week what specifically his injury was.
The Steelers promoted Ayers to their 53-man roster from the practice squad in the middle of December and the wide receiver went on to close out the regular season with 6 receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown.
In the two playoff games that Ayers appeared in, he registered another 3 receptions for 27 yards. Ayers, however, was inactive for the Steelers AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
With Ayers’ rehab now in front of him following his Tuesday surgery, one would think that he should be fully recovered by the time the Steelers start their offseason training activities in May.
It will be interesting to see if Ayers is given a legitimate shot at winning the punt returner job during training camp in addition to potentially seeing some increased playing time at wide receiver.