What is worse than watching a meaningless, and useless, football game? Have one of the most important members of your favorite team get injured in the aforementioned useless game.
This is exactly what happened to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster during the annual Pro Bowl Sunday. After being tackled after his lone reception of the game, Smith-Schuster hobbled to the sideline where he was checked out by medical staff, and never returned to the game.
There was little information on Smith-Schuster’s status after the All-Star game, but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is reporting the talented wide receiver is doing fine after Sunday’s game.
JuJu Smith-Schuster is feeling “fine” coming off a knee injury suffered in the Pro Bowl that’s not believed to be serious, according to a source.
Smith-Schuster, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ receiving leader in 2018, went down with a bruised knee during the second quarter of Sunday’s Pro Bowl after getting tackled from behind. He declined to comment after the game.
Smith-Schuster, who dealt with a knee issue last offseason but recovered in time for training camp, ranked seventh in the NFL in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) on his way to a Steelers Most Valuable Player award as voted on by teammates.
This news certainly couldn’t come at a better time for Pittsburgh. At a time when the team potentially losing Antonio Brown via trade is very real, the Steelers could not afford to have Smith-Schuster suffer a knee injury which would not only hamper his offseason training, but in the worst-case — require surgery.
Stay tuned to BTSC as the offseason continues to roll on and the attention turns towards free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft.