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

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster lost for season due to shoulder injury
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, shown Sept. 19, 2021, suffered the shoulder injury during Sunday's win over the Denver Broncos. File Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for the remainder of the season after the star wideout suffered a significant 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 a shoulder in the Steelers' 27-19 win over the Broncos and is having surgery later this week. According to the outlets, the procedure is expected to sideline him for about four months.

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Smith-Schuster, who signed a one-year contract to return to the Steelers this past off-season, lowered his right shoulder and absorbed a hard hit from Broncos safety Kareem Jackson on a jet sweep during the second quarter of Sunday's game.

The USC product got to his feet slowly and was helped off the field by the Steelers' medical staff. After a brief check on the sideline, Smith-Schuster bypassed the blue medical tent and headed to the locker room with the training staff.

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that Smith-Schuster went to the hospital for further evaluation.

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"It's tough seeing him in that type of pain, and that's for anybody on the field," Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson said Monday. "It's tough seeing somebody get hurt that's a key player to the offense. Just got to rally around him and just be there for him off the field."

Smith-Schuster ranks fourth on the Steelers in targets and receptions this year, trailing only Najee Harris, Chase Claypool and Johnson. Smith-Schuster notched 15 catches for 129 yards over five games this season.

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

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