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JuJu Smith-Schuster ruled OUT for Week 11 vs. Chargers

We break down the news that Smith-Schuster is in concussion protocol. What it means for Week 11 and beyond.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Kansas City Chiefs runs to the huddle in the first quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium on November 13, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Friday update: Smith-Schuster has been ruled out for this week’s game due to his head injury. This could be a breakout game for newly acquired Kadarius Toney.

Friday update: Smith-Schuster wasn’t seen at practice on Friday, per Adam Teicher. He is all but certain to miss this week’s game with a concussion. And with Mecole Hardman on I.R., we’ve got targets likely concentrated to Marquez-Valdes-Scantling and Kadarius Toney at the WR position, while Travis Kelce will again be the No. 1 receiver.

Thursday update: Smith-Schuster won’t practice on Thursday, per Nate Taylor. He is starting to look unlikely to play against the Chargers. Add in Mecole Hardman missing the first two practices of the week and Marquez-Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Justin Watson appear to be the top receivers for Kansas City in Week 11.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster entered concussion protocol in Week 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, putting his status for Week 11 in doubt. Smith-Schuster will not be practicing Wednesday, which doesn’t bode well for his chances to play Sunday against the Chargers.

Fantasy football implications for Week 11

Smith-Schuster will have to clear concussion protocol anyway, but not being able to get on the practice field to start the week doesn’t help his cause. He still has two more chances to log a full practice and hope he gets cleared to play but Thursday’s session looms large.

If Smith-Schuster doesn’t suit up, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman should see additional snaps at the receiver position. Kadarius Toney will also be more involved in the offense. Smith-Schuster was starting to click in this offense, so there’s some fantasy flex appeal for the players above if he doesn’t play.