Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool posted a photo appearing to show him recovering from a procedure on his right arm on social media on Tuesday.
Claypool posted three photos of his second NFL season, along with a photo of him in a hospital bed, wearing a large bracing apparatus and a bandage on his right arm.
“It is when I persevere through struggle that I strengthen,” Claypool wrote. “It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am. Year 2 officially in the books.”
It is when I persevere through struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am.
Year 2 ✅officially in the books 💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/to5SYvnqyo
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) January 26, 2022
Claypool appeared to injury his arm in the Steelers’ playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in his year-end press conference that he did not think any players would need after-season surgeries, but that apparently turned out not to be correct.
The Steelers’ top pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Claypool had an inconsistent second season. Elevated to a full-time starting role, he played 80% of the Steelers’ snaps, compared to 63% a year ago. But he failed to take advantage of that additional playing time.
Claypool was targeted slightly less, 105 times compared to 109 times, caught the ball slightly less frequently, at 56.2% instead of 56.9%, and scored just two touchdowns, down from 11.
With JuJu Smith-Schuster missing most of the season, defenses placed an increased emphasis on Claypool and Diontae Johnson, which limited the production of the Steelers’ offense as a whole.
Claypool has two years remaining on his rookie contract with the Steelers and should be expected to be back in the starting lineup for the 2022 season. Johnson is also under contract, but Ray-Ray McCloud, Smith-Schuster and James Washington are all set to become free agents this offseason, so it could be a spring of change for the Steelers’