Steelers Juju Smith-Schuster to have shoulder surgery, likely out for rest of season

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster will have shoulder surgery and will likely miss the rest of the season as a result.

Channel 11 Sports Director Alby Oxenreiter reports Smith-Schuster has a shoulder dislocation with a glenroid rim fracture. He will have surgery later this week.

For reference, this type of injury occurs when the shoulder dislocates. The ball of the shoulder joint pushes against the rim of the socket, causing it to break.

Smith-Schuster left Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos after his second carry of the game. A Broncos defender appeared to hit his shoulder. Smith-Schuster could be seen in pain as he was helped to the sideline.

Reports said he would be put on injured-reserve.

“We’re not trying to replace JuJu. We’re trying to provide opportunity for expanded roles for guys,” explained head coach Mike Tomlin.

Some of the names he mentioned were James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud and Cody White for those expanded roles.

Was this his last game in a Steelers uniform? That answer is not yet clear. Smith-Schuster signed a one-year contract before the start of this season after reportedly turning down other offers in the free agent market.