Steelers Get Concerning Update on Star Pass-Catchers' Injuries

Max Staley
The Pittsburgh Steelers had three skill-position players miss practice on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had three skill-position players miss practice on Wednesday. / Al Pereira/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers had three star pass-catchers miss practice on Wednesday. Wide receivers Diontae Johnson (back) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) were both absent, and tight end Eric Ebron couldn't practice either, due to a hand issue.

With a pivotal game against the Cleveland Browns this week, the Steelers will have to hope these three can get in some practices later in the week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Injury Update

Of course, not all injuries are created equal. Smith-Schuster seems like the safest bet of the bunch to be out there on Sunday. He has been consistently missing practices on Wednesday all year, and he has played in all four of Pittsburgh's games in 2020.

Though he has yet to finish a single game with even 70 receiving yards, he does have 3 TD catches on the season.

Diontae Johnson Injury Update

Johnson's absence is a bit more concerning, but fans shouldn't panic quite yet. He suffered a back injury in Week 5 that knocked him out of the game after playing just 6 snaps. But he'd probably be on track to play if he's able to get in a limited session on either Thursday or Friday.

Fans will have to monitor his status a lot more closely than JuJu's in the coming days.

Eric Ebron Injury Update

Unlike Johnson and Smith-Schuster, the hand injury that kept Ebron sidelined on Wednesday appears to be a brand-new issue. We still don't know much about his status aside from the fact that he missed practice on Wednesday, though.

His status seems to be in less jeopardy than Johnson's, but Steelers fans should get a better picture of the situation after Thursday's practice.

Despite these injuries, FanDuel Sportsbook still has the Steelers as 3-point favorites against the Browns in Week 6.


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