Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, already in the NFL concussion protocol after sustaining multiple helmet-to-helmet hits on a play against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, also has suffered a knee injury, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Smith-Schuster, the Steelers top receiver, left the game after taking helmet-to-helmet blows from both Cleveland Browns safety Morgan Burnett and cornerback Greedy Williams.
Schefter reports that Smith-Schuster injured his left knee on the same play.
His status for the Steelers’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday remains in question.
Without Smith-Schuster and rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson, who also suffered a concussion from a helmet to helmet hit in Thursday’s game, the Steelers were forced to rely on James Washington, Johnny Holton and Tevin Jones to shoulder the load of their passing game.
Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph completed just 23 of 44 passes against the Browns and threw four interceptions, a career high.
The Steelers signed former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Dion Cain to attempt to fill the gap.