The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a fortunate team throughout their time at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. When I speak of good fortune I am referring to the team’s overall health. While other teams have seen players lost for the year, the Steelers are dealing with just bumps, bruises and maintenance. (I just knocked on wood for the superstitious.)
With that said, second round draft pick JuJu Smith-Schuster gave the team, and fans, a scare today when he went to the ground with an apparent leg injury during 11 vs. 11 drills.
Smith-Schuster laid on the ground for almost 5 minutes being tended by trainers, but waived off the cart and was told by Mike Tomlin to go in for the day. After Smith-Schuster left the field on his own power, still stopping to sign autographs on the way, Tomlin was overheard telling the team he will be “okay”.
After practice, Tomlin updated the media regarding the injury, and he stated things look a lot better than he thought they would.
Tomlin said JuJu injury does not appear as serious as it appeared. Would not confirm it was a knee— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) August 16, 2017
It seems as though the team got past the initial scare of watching a prized rookie go down, but Smith-Schuster has had anything but good luck in his first training camp. Early in camp, once the team put the pads on, Smith-Schuster twisted an ankle which caused him to miss time. After recovering from that injury, the rookie wideout was concussed vs. the New York Giants Friday night when trying to make a tackle on a Joshua Dobbs interception. And now he is dealing with this leg injury.
The hope is it isn’t serious, and the former USC receiver will be back on the field in no time. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this and other news surrounding the black and gold.
UPDATE: Smith-Schuster will undergo an MRI today, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.