Lance Moore is ready to trade a towel for a helmet.

The Pittsburgh wide receiver will make his season debut Sunday night against Carolina. The eight-year veteran missed the first two games because of a groin injury.

Moore spent nearly a decade in New Orleans, where he developed into one of the NFL's most reliable slot receivers. The Steelers are hoping he will help take some of the pressure off Antonio Brown, the Pro Bowl receiver who has faced constant double teams during Pittsburgh's 1-1 start.

Moore says the Steelers can be just as explosive as the Saints, though they'll face a huge challenge against the unbeaten Panthers (2-0).


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