|ADP:||Round: 5, Pick: 3|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||November 22, 1996|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 2 (62)|
Smith-Schuster caught two of six targets for six yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Although Smith-Schuster finished second on the team in targets, he struggled to produce as Devlin Hodges turned in a putrid performance against the tough Baltimore defense. He recorded one gain of 11 yards and lost five yards via a screen play on his other grab. This poor performance ends an extremely disappointing season for Smith-Schuster, who finishes with less than half his receiving yardage total from a year ago. Of course, injuries and poor quarterback play were huge factors in his production, and he'll look to get back on track heading into the 2020 campaign.
Smith-Schuster (knee) caught two of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Clearly gutting it out at much less than 100 percent, Smith-Schuster failed to make much of an impact in his first action since Week 11. The banged-up wide receiver will likely be out there when the Steelers try to clinch a playoff berth against the Ravens in Week 17, but his impact will probably be limited.
Smith-Schuster (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Jets, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Smith-Schuster didn't carry an injury designation into the weekend after practicing fully Thursday and Friday, but his status was still somewhat unsettled leading up to kickoff after Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com relayed earlier Sunday that the team was monitoring the wideout's ability to tolerate pain in his knee during a pregame workout before determining his fate. Evidently, Smith-Schuster's knee wasn't too bothersome, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Steelers used him cautiously as he returns from a four-game absence. If Smith-Schuster's snap count ends up being limited Sunday, more reps and targets would open up for Diontae Johnson and James Washington.
Smith-Schuster (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's contest against the Jets, but the team is viewing the receiver as a game-day decision in advance of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Though Smith-Schuster has received medical clearance to play through the knee issue, the Steelers apparently aren't entirely convinced that he'll be able to play through the lingering pain he's continued to experience. The Steelers will put Smith-Schuster through a workout Sunday morning, after which the team should have a better idea regarding what kind of workload -- if any -- the wideout is capable of handling. With the Steelers clinging to the AFC's final wild-card spot entering Sunday's action, it would certainly behoove the 8-6 squad to have Smith-Schuster available in some capacity, though his shaky health might make it difficult to justify rolling with him in fantasy lineups.
Smith-Schuster (knee) -- who practiced fully Thursday and Friday -- doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: While that non-listing presumably puts the wideout on track to play this weekend, Smith-Schuster admits that he isn't completely past his knee issue at this stage. "I don't feel 100 percent but I am going to see what I can do," Smith-Schuster acknowledged Friday. "It depends on what (coach Mike Tomlin) says. It's coming along. It's a process. The knee is kind of tricky. You don't really know you are full go until you run your full speed, when you are getting hit, getting tackled. Hopefully I am able to go this week and play." Given Smith-Schuster's words, it will still be worth confirming his playing status in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, just to be safe. Moreover, assuming he does suit up this weekend for his first game action since Nov. 14, it's plausible that he could be eased back into the mix in Week 16.
Though Smith-Schuster practiced fully Friday, he acknowledged that his knee isn't 100 percent and isn't sure if he'll play Sunday against the Jets, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: We'll circle back on Smith-Schuster's status later Friday, but despite his full practice participation, it looks like he could well be listed as questionable on the Steelers' final Week 16 injury report in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.
Smith-Schuster (knee) practiced fully Thursday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: That's a big step forward for the wideout, who was limited Wednesday and a nice change from last Thursday, when Smith-Schuster left practice early and ended up not playing in Week 15. Though Smith-Schuster is clearly trending in the right direction, offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner fell short of declaring Pittsburgh's top pass catcher good to go at this stage, indicating Thursday that he was "hopeful" about getting Smith-Schuster back for Sunday's game against the Jets. Friday's final Week 16 injury report will reveal whether or not Smith-Schuster heads into the weekend listed as questionable, or minus an injury designation.
Smith-Schuster (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: Smith-Schuster -- who aggravated his knee injury at practice this past Thursday -- subsequently sat out both Friday's practice and Week 15's loss to the Bills. Per Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com, coach Mike Tomlin suggested that the team plans monitor how Smith-Schuster's knee responds to practicing in the coming days before determining the wideout's status for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Coach Mike Tomlin indicated Tuesday that he currently views Smith-Schuster (knee) as questionable for this weekend's game against the Jets, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Though Smith-Schuster hasn't played since Week 11 due to a concussion (which he's since recovered from) and a left knee injury, Tomlin's comments suggest that the wideout is viewed as day-to-day rather than week-to-week. Ultimately, a decision on Smith-Schuster's status for Sunday's game will come down to what he's able to do in the Steelers' practices Wednesday through Friday. Smith-Schuster began Week 15 prep as a full participant in practice, but the Steelers chose to scale back his workload the following two days after his knee didn't respond to the activity as hoped.
The Steelers have ruled Smith-Schuster (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Bills, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Pittsburgh's decision to hold Smith-Schuster out for a fourth consecutive game was fully expected after the receiver aggravated the left knee injury during Thursday's practice. According to Pryor, Smith-Schuster noted Friday that he isn't putting a timeline on his return after his latest setback, leaving his availability for the Steelers' final two regular-season contests in peril as well. Young receivers Diontae Johnson and James Washington will remain pressed into expanded roles so long as Smith-Schuster is sidelined.
Smith-Schuster (knee) didn't practice Friday, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The report adds that Smith-Schuster -- who aggravated his knee injury at practice Thursday -- isn't sure when he'll be able to return to action, so it looks imminent that he'll be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Smith-Schuster aggravated his left knee injury at practice Thursday and is not expected to play Sunday against the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 23-year-old appeared on track to return from the three-game absence after practicing as a full participant Wednesday, but he was downgraded to limited participation Thursday after aggravating the knee injury. Smith-Schuster's status will receive additional clarity when the Steelers release their official injury report Friday. James Washington and Diontae Johnson would receive a boost for Week 15, assuming the team's top wideout is unable to play.
Smith-Schuster (knee) was limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: Smith-Schuster practiced fully Wednesday, so we'll have to see if his Thursday limitations were maintenance-related or indicative of an issue that could lead to him being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. Note that Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com previously reported that "barring any future setbacks" the wideout is "still expected to play Sunday."
Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) was limited at practice Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: That's a downgrade in participation after Smith-Schuster practiced fully Wednesday, but the report notes that "barring any future setbacks, though, (the wideout is) still expected to play Sunday." We'll circle back later Thursday to note the nature of the injury/issue that led to Smith-Schuster's limitations.
Smith-Schuster (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: The same applies to running back James Conner (shoulder), which, in the absence of any setbacks sets the stage for the Steelers to get both players back this weekend following three-game absences on their part. We'll continue to track Smith-Schuster's status as the week rolls along to see if he maintains full practice participation and in turn approaches Sunday night's game against the Bills minus an injury designation.
Coach Mike Tomlin expects Smith-Schuster (knee) to practice this week, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith-Schuster hasn't done so since suffering a concussion and left knee injury Week 11, resulting in three consecutive absences. Tomlin is hopeful Smith-Schuster takes part "sooner rather than later," so his listing on Wednesday's injury report will be one to watch out for.
Smith-Schuster (knee) is eyeing a return for Week 15 against the Bills on Sunday night, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Smith-Schuster missed the past three games, including Sunday's 23-17 win over Arizona. The Steelers have stayed in the wild card race with three consecutive wins, and another victory Week 15 would pull them even with one of the teams they're competing against. Smith-Schuster still hasn't practiced since he suffered a concussion and a knee injury Week 11, but he did resume running last Wednesday. He's been out of the concussion protocol for a while, so his Week 15 availability strictly depends on the progress of the injured knee.
Smith-Schuster (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest at Arizona, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: During a Week 11 clash with the Browns, Smith-Schuster was knocked from the contest with a concussion and was seen afterward with a heavy wrap on his left knee. While the first issue is behind him, he hasn't been able to get back on the practice field due to the knee concern. Smith-Schuster thus will miss a third game in a row, giving James Washington and Diontae Johnson another shot to lead Pittsburgh's receiving corps.
Smith-Schuster (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Analysis: Smith-Schuster is trending toward being ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals come Friday, and in that scenario James Washington, Diontae Johnson and Tevin Jones would head the Steelers' Week 14 wideout corps.
Smith-Schuster called himself week-to-week Wednesday and ran for the first time since suffering his knee injury, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith-Schuster only ran in a straight line Wednesday, but he's making clear progress in his recovery and appears close to making cuts again. The third-year-pro is officially considered questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Cardinals, according to Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site . He's nursing a knee issue suffered Week 11 versus Cleveland. Pittsburgh's initial injury report for Week 14 will be released later Wednesday, and James Washington, Diontae Johnson and Tevin Jones would be in line for expanded roles if Smith-Schuster were limited or forced to miss any more time.
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