The Pittsburgh Steelers had their final practice of Week 13 on Friday as they prepare to take on the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field this coming Sunday. According to the Steelers PR Department, JuJu Smith-Schuster has been ruled out while James Conner is listed as doubtful.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has now been cleared of the NFL’s concussion protocol and is solely dealing with his knee injury sustained the last time the Steelers played the Cleveland Browns. Unable to practice again on Friday, Smith-Schuster has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
James Conner is still dealing with the shoulder injury he reaggravated in Week 11, but was able to participate in a limited fashion on Thursday. Practicing in a limited fashion again on Friday, Conner is listed as doubtful for Sunday. While it is purely speculation, Conner may be getting workouts at practice while avoiding contact in order to give his shoulder more of a chance to heal.
Cornerback Artie Burns was another player who did not play in Week 12 due to injury with a knee. Burns was limited last week and began this week by not making it on to the practice field. On Thursday, Burns progressed to being able to participate in a limited fashion. Practicing fully on Friday, Burns is questionable for Sunday’s game.
A new player to the injury list early in the week was offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva who was limited with a shoulder injury. Villanueva was able to return as a full participant on Thursday and Friday and carries no injury status for Week 13.
As for the Cleveland Browns injury report, it can be seen below courtesy of Steelers.com.
Cleveland Browns Participation/Injury Report, Week 13
WR KhaDarel Hogde (Achilles) - Questionable
DB Eric Murray (Knee) - Out
OT Greg Robinson (Concussion) - Questionable
DE Olivier Vernon (Knee) - Questionable
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WR Odell Beckham Jr. (Groin) - Limited
TE Demetrius Harris (Neck) - Full
RB Dontrell Hilliard (Knee) - Full
WR KhaDarel Hogde (Achilles) - Full
WR Jarvis Landry (Hip) - Full
DB Eric Murray (Knee) - DNP
OT Greg Robinson (Concussion) - DNP
LB Joe Schobert (Groin) - Limited
DE Olivier Vernon (Knee) - Limited
TE Pharaoh Brown (NIR) - DNP