Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent shoulder surgery on Sunday night and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith-Schuster is set to hit free agency next offseason after inking a 1-year deal with Pittsburgh back in March. His absence the rest of this season will make WR Chase Claypool a safer weekly target bet. WR Diontae Johnson, of course, will continue to see plenty of volume.
Diontae Johnson talked about the prospect of losing JuJu Smith-Schuster for the season.
Shoulder injury Steelers expected to put JuJu Smith-Schuster on injured reserve and are fearful he will miss rest of the season after injuring his shoulder vs Broncos, per sources. (Gerry Dulac on Twitter) FF Today's Take: JuJu returned to Pittsburgh this season on a one-year deal and will be a free agent at the end of the season. James Washington missed Week 5 with a groin injury. Expect Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool to be the main targets for Ben Roethlisberger moving forward.
The Steelers are expected to place WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on IR and fear he may miss the rest of the season with the shoulder injury that knocked him out of Sunday's win over the Broncos, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. With James Washington already out, Ray-Ray McCloud got 52% playing time vs. Denver, behind only Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool at the position. More of a slot player than Johnson, Claypool or Washington, McCloud could continue to see significant playing time for as long as Smith-Schuster is out. We'll see about Washington's status heading into Week 6. We'll also see about the specific diagnosis on Smith-Schuster's shoulder.
On the first drive of the game, Ben Roethlisberger hit Diontae Johnson in stride for a 50-yard touchdown in the PIttsburgh Steelers' 27-19 win over the Denver Broncos.