Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will need surgery on his injured right shoulder and will miss the rest of the season, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Smith-Schuster was injured while running a jet sweep on the Steelers’ final drive of the first half against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. He was tackled on the play by Kareem Jackson. He was very briefly attended to on the Pittsburgh sideline before being taken to the hospital. He was first announced as questionable to return, before being downgraded to out.
#Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster had his shoulder reduced last night after a dislocation that can often result in a labral tear. He was examined and had an MRI last night, at which point the decision was made that he needed surgery.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2021
Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after the game that Smith-Schuster had been taken to the hospital. The nature of his injury and a potential timeframe for his return has still not been made clear.
Smith-Schuster has been with the Steelers since he was the team’s second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. After becoming a free agent for the first time this spring, he re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year contract worth $8 million. He is again scheduled to become a free agent after this season.
He thanked fans for their prayers and for reaching out in social media posts early on Monday morning, saying that “God has a bigger plan for me.”