Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is not expected to play this Sunday after re-aggravating his knee injury in practice on Thursday, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Smith-Schuster had been a full participant in practice on Wednesday, but was listed as a limited participant on Thursday.
The third-year Steelers wide receiver has not played since Nov. 14, when he suffered both a concussion and an undisclosed left knee injury. Smith-Schuster was taken out of the NFL’s concussion protocol after missing one game the following week at Cincinnati, but missed two more games while rehabbing the knee injury.
Smith-Schuster’s absence has meant more playing time for rookie Diontae Johnson, who had six catches for 60 yards in the Steelers’ Week 14 win over the Arizona Cardinals. James Washington, Johnny Holton and Deon Cain have also seen expanded roles in Smith-Schuster’s absence.
The Steelers will host the Buffalo Bills at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday night at Heinz Field.