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JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn’t carry injury designation for Week 4 vs. Packers

We break down the news that JuJu Smith-Schuster is dealing with a rib injury, and what it means for Week 4.

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Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the first half of the game at Heinz Field on September 19, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  
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Friday update: Smith-Schuster had a full practice and doesn’t carry an injury designation for Sunday’s Week 4 contest against the Packers. With Diontae Johnson also good to go, the Steelers should have their top two receivers ready to face Green Bay.

Thursday update: JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to practice on Thursday, per Ray Fittipaldo. This is a good sign for his availability for Sunday against the Packers.

Wednesday update: JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t practice on Wednesday, per the injury report. He is dealing with bruised ribs, but does have a chance to play this week against the Packers still.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has a bruised rib and is considered day-to-day, according to Ian Rapoport. Smith-Schuster is the second Steelers receiver to suffer an injury this season, with Diontae Johnson also on the mend. All tests are coming back negative so far for Smith-Schuster, a sign he might not be out for too long.

Fantasy football implications

Smith-Schuster hasn’t been his dynamic self so far this season but he is getting targets in Pittsburgh’s offense. The Steelers have had to abandon the running game at times to get back into a contest, so there’s a chance that happens again in Week 4 against the Packers.

Smith-Schuster represents a flex option when healthy but his upside is capped by the presence of Najee Harris, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson. Until Smith-Schuster truly breaks out with a big game, he cannot be considered more than a fringe flex or wide receiver play depending on your league format.