Saturday update: The Steelers removed both Smith-Schuster and Johnson from the final injury report and both appear good to go for Week 5.
Thursday update: Both Smith-Schuster and Johnson were upgraded to full participants in practice after sitting out Wednesday’s practice. They are on track to play this Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have returned to the practice field following an unexpected week 4 bye, and they are shorthanded at the wide receiver position. JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) both did not take part in the team’s Wednesday practice.
Both have been dealing with their injuries all season, according to the team report. Johnson was also in the concussion protocol after Week 3, but was able to clear out of it thanks in part to having a bye in Week 4. The Steelers did not play after the Tennessee Titans had multiple Covid-19 cases, resulting in a postponement.
Chase Claypool and James Washington are the next two receivers on the depth chart, but it’s too early to tell if they will gain relevancy this week. Given the mention of season-long issues, I doubt JuJu or Johnson miss the game.
They have been Ben Roethlisberger’s two favorite targets in the passing game. Washington is a close third, while Claypool has been more productive in limited looks from Roethlisberger.