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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent shoulder surgery on Sunday night and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith-Schuster is set to hit free agency next offseason after inking a 1-year deal with Pittsburgh back in March. His absence the rest of this season will make WR Chase Claypool a safer weekly target bet. WR Diontae Johnson, of course, will continue to see plenty of volume.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) isn’t listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday, so he should be ready for his usual role. But QB Ben Roethlisberger’s struggles leave Claypool as just a WR3 in fantasy lineups. WR James Washington (groin) is out for Week 5.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice. His availability for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos is uncertain at this point. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He missed Week 4 after hurting his hamstring in practice last Thursday, but it looks like he has a chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) has been ruled out for tomorrow's game vs. the Packers. No surprise after he hurt that hamstring on Thursday and didn't practice on Friday. His status for Week 5 beyond is uncertain. WR James Washington will step into Claypool's spot in 3-WR sets but would be a shaky fantasy play with QB Ben Roethlisberger struggling badly. WRs Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster should also pick up extra targets.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. He hurt his hamstring on Thursday and then didn't practice on Friday, so we're not expecting Claypool to play on Sunday. He'd be placed by WR James Washington.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool was added to the injury report with a hamstring and limited in practice on Thursday. His status for this weekend's game vs. the Packers is suddenly in doubt. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals after missing practice all week. We still don't have any details on his injury, but this looks like a potential multi-game absence. The loss of Johnson will elevate James Washington to Pittsburgh's #3 WR spot -- and leave behind lots of opportunity for WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) missed practice again on Thursday. He's unlikely to play vs. the Bengals this weekend. That'd elevate WR James Washington into the starting lineup and mean more targets for WRs Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool played 18 snaps in Friday night's preseason finale, catching 1 of 2 targets for 18 yards and carrying once for 11 yards. The big takeaway is that Claypool played -- a little over a week after injuring his ankle in practice. That's obviously not an issue going forward. Claypool is a fine target at his 6th-round ADP.

Steelers WR Chase Claypool suffered an apparent lower body injury in Tuesday’s practice. It sounds like he went down hard after trying to catch a downfield pass. Per beat writer Ray Fittipaldo, Claypool went straight to the locker room to get checked out. We’ll let you know when an update is available.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it's a "minor" ankle sprain and that Claypool "should be fine." That matches with reports from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that the WR avoided significant injury. We're not adjusting Claypool downward at all.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is resigning with the Steelers on a 1-year, $8 million deal, according to NFL Network. Smith-Schuster reportedly chose this path over similar offers from the Ravens and Chiefs that added more money via incentives. So he'll remain in Pittsburgh on a "prove it" contract for 2021. Smith-Schuster's return complicates the target picture for him, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Pittsburgh was the league's 3rd most pass-heavy team in 2020, trailing only the 1-15 Jaguars. The Steelers dumped OC Randy Fichtner and turned to QBs coach Matt Canada. We'd bet on at least a bit more balance to the play-calling in 2019. Check out our 2021 fantasy football rankings to see how the return impacts our numbers for Smith-Schuster and other Steelers pass-catchers -- as well as QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that Smith-Schuster turned down a multi-year offer from the Eagles.

The Steelers have promoted QB coach Matt Canada to OC. The 48-year-old had been in that previous role for just 1 season, spending the rest of his coaching career in the college ranks. Canada had 9 different OC stints, most recently with LSU in 2017 and Maryland in 2018. Those teams ranked 76th and 69th, respectively, in points per game.

The Steelers are parting ways with OC Randy Fichtner, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Fichtner has been with the team since 2007, taking over as OC in 2018. The Steelers offense struggled mightily down the stretch this season, averaging just 22.1 points and 347 yards over the final 7 games. There were also whispers of a bit of a power struggle between Fichtner and QB Ben Roethlisberger. We'll see who the Steelers tab as their next OC -- and if Roethlisberger returns for 2021.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that QB Mason Rudolph will start this weekend's finale vs. the Browns. Pittsburgh can't fall past the #3 seed and can only climb to #2 if the Bills lose at home to the Dolphins. So QB Ben Roethlisberger, whose arm has looked tired lately, will get the week off. Tomlin said "the vast majority of guys will be playing" vs. Cleveland, but we wouldn't be surprised if guys like James Conner, Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster at least had their snaps limited.

The Ravens had no new positive COVID tests on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and their game vs. the Steelers is still on for Tuesday night. QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram -- along with a host of others -- will miss the game on the Baltimore side. Pittsburgh will be without RB James Conner.

This week's Ravens-Steelers game is "tentatively" being moved to Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's presumably if Baltimore doesn't have any more COVID positives. There still seems to be a decent chance that this game isn't played in Week 12. Even if they play on Tuesday, QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram will remain out. Stay tuned.

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