On Friday, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of positive reports when it came to availability due to injury for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. The one player who did pop up on the injury report midway through the week and was still a concern was wide receiver Chase Claypool. According to Steelers PR spokesperson Burt Lauten, Chase Claypool has now been downgraded to ‘OUT’ for Sunday’s game.
#Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) has been downgraded to OUT for Sunday's game at Green Bay.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) October 2, 2021
Claypool’s injury popped up on Thursday when he landed on the injury report as limited with a hamstring injury. Likely coming during practice, Claypool was moving in the wrong direction on Friday when he did not practice. Although listed as questionable, it’s not overly surprising that the Steelers downgraded Claypool to ‘out’ as they will likely be elevating another wide receiver from the practice squad.
After scoring 11 total touchdowns his rookie season, Chase Claypool has yet to find the end zone in 2021. Claypool did have his third most receiving yards in a game this past Sunday when he had a career highs in both targets with 15 and receptions with nine against the Bengals.
With Claypool on the sidelines in Green Bay, it is even more important that the Steelers saw the return of Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster as neither carry an injury status for the game. Johnson missed the Week 3 game against the Bengals while Smith-Schuster exitedearly in the second half. Having both of those options, along with fourth-year receiver James Washington, will help soften the blow from losing the Steelers top draft pick from 2020.
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