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Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster lost for season due to shoulder injury

October 11 (NWN) – The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be hosting Juja Smith-Schuster for the remainder of the season following a severe shoulder injury during Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

League sources told ESPN, NFL Media and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday that Smith-Schuster dislocated his shoulder in the Steelers’ 27-19 win over the Broncos and is due for surgery this week. According to media reports, the procedure is expected to incapacitate him for about four months.

Smith-Schuster, who signed a one-year deal to return to the Steelers last offseason, dropped his right shoulder and took a heavy blow from Broncos defender Karim Jackson in Sunday’s second quarter.

The USC product slowly rose to his feet and the Steelers medical staff helped him leave the field. After a brief sideline check, Smith-Schuster walked around the blue medical tent and headed to the dressing room with the training staff.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that Smith-Schuster had gone to the hospital for further tests.

“It’s hard to see him in such pain, and that’s for anyone on the pitch,” Steelers receiver Dionta Johnson said Monday. “It’s hard to see someone get hurt, they are a key player in attack. You just need to rally around him and just be close to him. “

Smith-Schuster is ranked fourth among the Steelers in terms of targets and holds this year, behind only Naji Harris, Chase Claypool and Johnson. Smith-Schuster has made 15 traps for 129 yards in five games this season.

In 63 career games with the Steelers, Smith-Schuster averaged 323 receptions for 3,855 yards and 26 touchdowns.

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