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JuJu Smith-Schuster - Injury History

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JuJu Smith-Schuster
PIT

WR PIT

#42 Wide Receiver

123 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 220
40 Time: 4.54

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021

91%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

13.2%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021

3.50

Durability

5

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 31, 2015 Non-NFL Hand Metacarpal Fracture Smith-Schuster fractured his right hand against Cal, which required surgery to install a plate and screw. He still played the following game.
Aug 5, 2016 Non-NFL Hand Finger Dislocation Smith-Schuster dislocated his right pinky but played through the issue.
Aug 5, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Toe Sprain Smith-Schuster sprained his right big toe in practice. He was ready by the season opener.
Aug 11, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Smith-Schuster left near end of the 1st quarter in the preseason opener with a concussion. He sat out the next exhibition.
Nov 16, 2017 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Smith-Schuster missed Week 12 with an unspecified hamstring injury.
Oct 22, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Smith-Schuster missed minimal time in Week 7 and returned for Week 8.
Nov 14, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion during a Week 11 clash with the Browns. He missed one game
Nov 14, 2019 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Smith-Schuster suffered a left knee injury in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. He missed four games due to the injury
Sep 23, 2020 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Smith-Schuster missed practice for two days ahead of the Week 3 game with a knee injury. He was good to go for the game against the Texans.
Nov 22, 2020 NFL Pedal Foot Smith-Schuster suffered a foot injury during Week 11's game against the Jaguars. He was active for the next game.
Sep 26, 2021 NFL Chest Rib Bruise Smith-Schuster suffered a rib injury in the Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Oct 10, 2021 NFL Shoulder Smith-Schuster injured his right shoulder injury during Week 5's game against the Broncos. He is expected to miss the rest of 2021 season

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What You Need to Know:

  • Last year, Smith-Schuster played all 16 games for the 2nd time in the past 3 seasons. He rolled up 97-831-9 on 128 targets (19.6% target share).
  • That was enough for him to finish as the WR16, although he finished as a top-12 WR only 3 times.
  • His 17 red zone targets were topped by only 5 WRs. He saw 22.4% of Pittsburgh’s RZ pass attempts, just ahead of Eric Ebron’s tally (21.1%).
  • He benefited from Pittsburgh’s pass-heavy approach. The team finished 2nd in pass rate; 1st in pass attempts.
  • JuJu’s average depth of target stood at just 6 yards for a conservative pass offense under Ben Roethlisberger. That was the lowest figure among 84 WRs with 50+ targets.
  • That explains JuJu’s healthy 77% catch rate. He played from the slot on a career-high 85.3% of his pass snaps, a theme that should repeat.
  • He caught just 4 of 10 targets that traveled 20+ air yards.
  • In 2021, the Steelers return Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron. Pat Freiermuth arrived as a Round 2 pick and should carve out a small role right away.
  • Most importantly, Pittsburgh’s Round 1 selection of Najee Harris says they want to commit to a balanced approach under new OC Matt Canada.
  • Roethlisberger, 39, brings 4 years worth of chemistry alongside Smith-Schuster — but also durability risk. He missed all but 2 games in 2019 before undergoing right elbow surgery.
  • An unproven and potentially league-worse O-line would keep JuJu busy on quick-hitters. 15% of his targets came on screens a year ago.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

JuJu rebounded from an awful 2019 to finish as the WR16 in PPR (WR23 in non-PPR). With only 8.6 YPC, though, it took a high-volume pass offense (and 128 targets) to get there.

The arrival of Najee Harris brings the potential to drastically bring down this unit’s pass volume. We don’t see an attractive fantasy ceiling here.

 

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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.

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The Steelers are expected to place WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on IR and fear he may miss the rest of the season with the shoulder injury that knocked him out of Sunday's win over the Broncos, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. With James Washington already out, Ray-Ray McCloud got 52% playing time vs. Denver, behind only Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool at the position. More of a slot player than Johnson, Claypool or Washington, McCloud could continue to see significant playing time for as long as Smith-Schuster is out. We'll see about Washington's status heading into Week 6. We'll also see about the specific diagnosis on Smith-Schuster's shoulder.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster injured his shoulder in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Broncos and is questionable to return. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Smith-Schuster has been ruled out.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) isn’t listed on the final injury report and will play vs. the Packers on Sunday. His target projection gets a boost if WR Chase Claypool sits with his hamstring injury.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. Dealing with bruised ribs, JuJu figures to play vs. the Packers this weekend. But check back tomorrow for another update.

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