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Slot machine: Steelers WR Lance Moore ready to shake off groin injury

FILE--In this Aug. 16, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore (16) runs the ball after making a catch during an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Pittsburgh. Moore will likely make his season debut on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 against Carolina. Moore missed the first regular season two games with a groin injury. (AP Photo/Vincent Pugliese, File)

FILE--In this Aug. 16, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore (16) runs the ball after making a catch during an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Pittsburgh. Moore will likely make his season debut on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 against Carolina. Moore missed the first regular season two games with a groin injury. (AP Photo/Vincent Pugliese, File)  (The Associated Press)

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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