CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster exited Thursday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter after absorbing two helmet-to-helmet hits. Smith-Schuster was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion late in the second quarter.
Running back James Conner, who re-injured his shoulder in the second quarter, has also been ruled out, along with cornerback Artie Burns (knee) and linebacker Ola Adeniyi (concussion).
Smith-Schuster caught a pass from Mason Rudolph over the middle and was immediately hit in the head by Greedy Williams. A split-second later, be took another helmet-to-helmet hit by safety Morgan Burnett.
Smith-Schuster dropped the pass and lay face-down and motionless for at least a minute. Trainers rushed out to evaluate him and a couple Browns players took a knee near him. A trainer carrying a backboard came out, but wasn’t needed. Smith-Schuster was able to walk off on his own, albeit slowly, and went straight to the locker room.
At the time of Smith-Schuster’s injury, the Steelers were already without running back James Conner, who re-injured his shoulder in the second quarter and was listed as questionable to return.
Already struggling offensively, the Steelers sputtered even more without its top playmakers. Smith-Schuster had two catches for 21 yards – including one 18-yard gain – when he went out, and Conner had five carries for 10 yards.