The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without starting wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for the rest of the season after he underwent shoulder surgery. Pittsburgh will likely bring in another wide receiver for the season to counter the loss of Smith-Schuster for the year. The injury happened in the Steelers’ Week 5 matchup against the Denver Broncos. Recovery times vary for injuries that require surgery, but this is expected to sideline him for about four months. Pittsburgh is currently 2-3 on the season after their win over the Broncos.
Sources: #Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had surgery last night on his injured shoulder and is out for the season. The procedure was successful. A tough loss for a Pittsburgh offense that is showing signs of hitting its stride.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2021
JuJu Smith-Schuster made a commitment, and despite the shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday’s win over the Broncos, he kept his commitment. And he did it with a smile on his face, and a positive attitude in his huge heart.
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— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) October 12, 2021
The Steelers passing game is heavily reliant on having multiple weapons that spread out NFL defenses. JuJu Smith-Schuster was an important part of that along with other members of the offense. The pressure and the offensive responsibilities will get added to fellow wide receivers Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool moving forward. Running back Najee Harris will also likely see more targets moving forward.
JuJu Smith-Schuster is in visible pain and has been helped off of the field. pic.twitter.com/yLSBwzmnHu
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 10, 2021
JuJu Smith-Schuster will end this year with 15 catches for 129 yards and no touchdowns. He also had three carries for nine yards and a rushing touchdown this season. We here at Def Pen Sports hope that Smith-Schuster recovers well and is able to return next season at full strength.