Oct 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (bottom) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) after a catch during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Smith-Schuster would leave the game. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers got things back on the right foot on Sunday with a 27-10 win over the Denver Broncos. However, it sounds like that victory is going to cost them.

It’s been a season of injuries for JuJu Smith-Schuster and he received another one early on the game. Late in the second quarter, the wideout went in motion and took a handoff from Ben Roethlisberger on an end-around. He ran right into Denver defender Kareen Jackson, shoulder-first, and paid for it. He left the game and didn’t return as plenty of people feared the worst.

The worst was confirmed on Monday, that Smith-Schuster was headed to the injured reserve list and will miss the rest of the season.

It’s a crushing loss for the Steelers, who are trying to right the ship on the season. It’s also crushing for him as he re-signed with the Steelers for one season in order to bolster his stats and try to cash in next year. That’s going to be pretty hard to do now. His season ends with 15 catches for 129 yards and one touchdown in five games. He’s been with the Steelers for four seasons and became the youngest player to reach 2,500 career receiving yards, making the Pro Bowl in 2018.

There were plenty of strong reactions about the injury and what it means for Smith-Schuster and the Steelers moving forward.


The Steelers will have to tweak their offensive plans quickly. They host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night at 8:20 p.m.

[Gerry Dulac]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.