PITTSBURGH — Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will have surgery on his right shoulder, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday, but four other players could be set for returns this week.
Tomlin said that inside linebacker Devin Bush Jr. (groin), nose tackle Carlos Davis (knee), cornerback Cam Sutton (groin), wide receiver James Washington (groin) are all expected to return to practice this week.
Bush was injured during the Steelers’ Week 5 win over the Broncos. Tomlin said he wasn’t sure if the injury was a re-aggravation of the groin injury that held Bush out earlier this season of it was a new injury. Robert Spillane once again replaced Bush in the middle of the Steelers’ defense.
Sutton was injured late in the Steelers’ Week 4 game at Green Bay and did not practice at all leading up to the Broncos game. He was replaced by a group of players, including Karl Joseph, Arthur Maulet, James Pierre and Tre Norwood.
Washington was injured during the week leading up to the Broncos game and was held out. He was replaced by Cody White, who was added to the 53-man roster to give the team a third outside receiver behind Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson.
Davis has been out since the season opener against Buffalo, but returned to practice in the week leading up to the Steelers’ Week 5 game. He’s been replaced by Isaiah Buggs as the Steelers’ top option at nose tackle.