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JuJu Smith-Schuster clears concussion protocol, still out with knee injury

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster remains out of practice heading into Week 13. We break down the fantasy football implications.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs a route in the first quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns on November 14, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice on Wednesday, and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster brought some good news and bad news. The good news is he cleared through the concussion protocol. The bad news is he still has a knee injury suffered at the time he was concussed in Week 11, and is a DNP on Wednesday.

Fantasy football analysis: Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

It seems unlikely Smith-Schuster will play this week, so you should make other plans for your fantasy lineups. Diontae Johnson and James Washington start against a Browns defense that has been up and down, but has given up the tenth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

The big question for both receivers is what Devlin Hodges will be able to do in place of Mason Rudolph. Hodges looked good in relief against the Los Angeles Chargers back in October, completing 15 of 20 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It’s a tough call right now, and probably not worth starting Johnson or Washington if JuJu sits.