Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will not play Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers because of a hamstring injury, the team announced on Friday.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had characterized the injury as “small” earlier this week, but the rookie wide receiver has not practiced all week.
Smith-Schuster said Friday that his playing status was up to Tomlin and acknowledged he doesn’t want to worsen the hamstring issue.
Without Smith-Schuster, the Steelers likely will increase the snaps of Martavis Bryant on the outside and Eli Rogers in the slot.
“Obviously JuJu brings a special skill, but I think guys look forward to the opportunity and will do the best job they can,” wide receiver Antonio Brown said about the offense picking up Smith-Schuster’s slack.
Smith-Schuster is second on the team in touchdown receptions (five) and receiving yards (568) this season. His big social media presence and touchdown celebrations have made him a popular figure in Pittsburgh.