Pittsburgh Steelers Dealt Blow as JuJu Smith-Schuster Faces Extended Spell on the Sidelines

Published 10/11/2021, 10:17 PM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) returns an interception as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) pursues during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a tough start in 2021. The 6-time Super Bowl winners are working round the clock to make a post-season appearance this year. This might probably be Big Ben’s last season with the Steelers and he will look to end it on a high. But one man who might miss out on Ben’s last dance is teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster,

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Sep 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) and tight end Eric Ebron (85) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrate a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The talented wide receiver arrived in the NFL as a 2nd round pick in 2017. Since then, he has formed a strong bond with QB Ben Roethlisberger. Smith-Schuster and rookie Chase Claypool had a productive season in 2020.

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JuJu played in all 5 games for the Steelers in 2021, but will not be part of the team in the coming weeks.

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Pittsburgh Steelers star JuJu Smith-Schuster has been an ever-present feature for the team since making his debut 4 years ago. He re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year, $8 million contract, prior to the start of the 2021 season. But he suffered a reportedly season-ending shoulder injury during Sunday’s 19-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.

As per NFL insider Adam Schefter, JuJu will undergo surgery on the injured shoulder later this week. He is expected to face a 4-month spell on the sidelines. In his absence, the likes of Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, Ray-Ray McCloud will be expected to fill in for their recovering teammate.

Dec 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (left) shakes hands with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Mike Tomlin will rely on Claypool to provide the offensive support that Ben needs in the coming weeks. The youngster already has 341 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD to his name from four games. Time to step up and take charge, Chase.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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