Nov 8, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) reacts to the crowd against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 52-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers could be getting a valuable piece of their offense back this weekend ahead of their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Steelers have announced that Juju Smith-Schuster has returned to practice, with the potential that he could play in Sunday night’s game, should practice go well for him.

It has been reported that the first practice today went well, and that depending on how the rest of the week goes, he could be active for the playoff game Sunday.

Smith-Schuster has been out since dislocating his shoulder in Week 5 this season, which required surgery. He is well ahead of his expected recovery time, which was expected to be about 4 months, and would have had him ready by the middle of February.

Here are some reactions to the surprising return to practice for Smith-Schuster.

He will certainly be a welcome sight for Pittsburgh and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should he be good to go this week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 12.5-point underdogs currently in their matchup this weekend, and despite Roethlisberger’s comments as of late, bringing back a talented receiver like Smith-Schuster could significantly help their chances of winning.

This news doesn’t guarantee anything for the Steelers. Smith-Schuster, even if healthy enough to be active, will still have to work himself into playing shape since he has been out for so long. Regardless, any more help the Steelers can get is for the better.

[Ian Rapoport]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.