Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster out for season after shoulder surgery

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The Steelers looked like a team in the middle of turning things around on Sunday. But Pittsburgh’s offense will have to go the rest of the way without one of its key receivers.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, JuJu Smith-Schuster had season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder on Sunday night.

Smith-Schuster injured the shoulder while taking his second carry in the second quarter of Pittsburgh’s victory over Denver. Head coach Mike Tomlin had said following Sunday’s game that Smith-Schuster was being evaluated at a local hospital.

Smith-Schuster returned to the Steelers on a one-year, $8 million deal in the offseason. He’ll now hit the open market once again after registering 15 catches for 129 yards and three carries for nine yards with a touchdown.

UPDATE 1 p.m. ET: Rapoport has clarified his reporting to note that Smith-Schuster has not yet undergone surgery, but the decision to do so was made last night after an examination and MRI. Smith-Schulster is still expected to miss the rest of the 2021 season.

10 responses to “Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster out for season after shoulder surgery

  1. After the block that blew up Burfict, I think JuJu is a Steeler for life.

    I hope he and the Steelers can work something out for next year.

    And right now, I am glad they kept Washington.

  2. Dude averages 12 yards per reception and 28 touchdowns in 4 years. Don’t think he’ll have an issue with a contract.

  3. I like juju but face it, how good has he been since AB left? He’s fumbled at inopportune times, and not worth $7m a yr as a slot guy. Put the money into the O-line, replace Ben, and use Claypool Washington & DJohnson as your core WRs next yr. Utilize Freirmuth better next yr, too.

  4. I wonder who is going to take over fumbling duties now? Time for another Steeler to step up and throw the game away with his “me first” mentality.

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