Wide Receiver Player Wire

WR Randy Moss has made an immediate impact coming back from injury in week 12. As the season churns, look for many play makers to rise up and help their teams make the final push for the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Antwaan Randle El returned six punts for 111 yards, set up a touchdown with one and a field goal with another. He had returns of 60 and 43 yards and another of 44 called back by a penalty.

WR Hines Ward has caught only 11 passes in his past four games and has dropped to eighth in the AFC, which he led for a good portion of the season.

WR Sean Morey, primarily a special teams player, caught his first NFL pass in his 29th game, an 8-yarder that converted on third down.

Oakland Raiders
WR Doug Gabriel not only had four catches for 51 yards but averaged 27.3 yards a kickoff return with a 41-yard effort.

Carolina Panthers
WR Muhsin Muhammad had two catches for 52 yards as the Bucs kept him shadowed all afternoon.

Denver Broncos
WR Ashley Lelie made a huge play that set up a touchdown. Lelie hauled in a 57-yard pass in the fourth quarter, and has at least one reception of 30 yards or more in 10 of Denver's 11 games this season.

WR Triandos Luke caught his first career pass in Denver's final drive of the game. Luke, who was used only as a punt returner the four games he was active this season before Sunday night, was in for Denver's final drive in multiple receiver sets.

Arizona Cardinals
WR Anquan Boldin appears to be struggling with the move from the slot receiver to the split end. Boldin made some tough catches last week against the Jets, but he's not playing at the level he did last year, when he made the Pro Bowl.

Detroit Lions
WR Reggie Swinton, who handled kick return duties when Eddie Drummond was out of the lineup last year because of knee and ankle injuries, is expected to resume those duties for the remaining five games of the season.

New Orleans Saints
WR/KR Michael Lewis didn't play Sunday because of an ankle injury he sustained in the game with the Broncos. Donte Stallworth replaced Lewis on punt returns and running back Aaron Stecker was the deep man on kickoff returns.

Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dante Hall's 233 kickoff return yards were a career high, but the 97-yard touchdown return that provided the bulk of those yards meant little to Hall in the wake of his fumble 15 yards short of the end zone after a 77-yard kickoff return.

Cincinnati Bengals
WR Chad Johnson tied a single-game career high with 10 receptions and had 117 yards. He caught a 46-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, but his most important catch was an 11-yarder on third down during the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. The Bengals had fallen behind 48-44 after leading three different times by 14 points.

Minnesota Vikings
WR Randy Moss caught the 86th touchdown pass of his career, moving into 10th place in NFL history. Andre Reed is ninth with 87, while Hall of Famer Don Maynard is eighth with 88. Moss returned from a strained right hamstring that essentially wiped out the past five weeks of his season. He clearly favored the hamstring, running at less than full speed, except for a two-yard touchdown grab between two defenders on third-and-goal.

Tennessee Titans
WR Derrick Mason led all receivers with eight catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, but slipped several times on the painted dirt of Reliant Stadium, which he called the worst surface he's ever played on.

San Diego Chargers
WR Eric Parker is making as big an impact with his legs as with his hands. Parker, who also returns punts, had two reverses for 58 yards.

New England Patriots
WR Troy Brown took over his punt return duties in the second half while also playing his regular role as a wideout and what has become his regular role as a slot cornerback in the nickel package. Brown did not have a catch, but returned three punts for 28 yards while breaking up a pass that he nearly intercepted.

WR Kevin Kasper was released by New England and replaced on the roster by safety Omare Lowe, who was activated from the practice squad. Kasper signed with the Patriots on Oct. 10 while Lowe was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 16.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Michael Clayton had eight catches for 77 yards against Carolina.

New York Giants
WR Jamaar Taylor, a sixth round pick, flashed his speed twice and netted 102 yards with his two catches. He also dropped one that would have been a 20-yard-plus gain.

Indianapolis Colts
WR Troy Walters did not play in Detroit. Walters is close to being 100 percent recovered from a broken right arm that he suffered in the Colts' second preseason game. He had hoped to be ready for the Lions game but will now most likely be available for this week's home game with Tennessee.

WR/KR Brad Pyatt was inactive for the Lions game. Pyatt has recovered from ankle and hip injuries but his chances of playing have been curtailed in recent weeks due to injuries at other positions, which forced the team to keep other players active at game time.

Seattle Seahawks
WR Darrell Jackson dropped at least three passes Sunday in an effort that symbolized the Seahawks' uninspired play. He endured a chorus of boos from the home crowd.

Washington Redskins
WR Rod Gardner dropped another pass and was one of the players who struggled in a receiving corps that generated just 66 yards.

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