Steelers-Chiefs injury report: JuJu Smith-Schuster is 'trending toward' playing
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The Steelers had their final practice of the week on Friday in preparation for Sunday night's wild card game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. On the injury front, the Steelers are pretty healthy, as no one has been ruled out for the game. Najee Harris (elbow) was a full participant at practice on Friday after being out for the past two days and is listed as questionable.
Harris suffered the elbow injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens. Harris returned to the game late in the third quarter.
The Steelers revealed a big surprise yesterday afternoon, as they announced that JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to practice on Thursday after being placed on the reserve/injured list on Oct. 16 with a shoulder injury.
Smith-Schuster still remains on the reserve/Injured list and the team has a 21-day window to activate him to the 53-man roster, or he'll remain on the reserve/injured list.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, there were "no issues" at all for Smith-Schuster after yesterday’s practice and "he's trending toward playing" on Sunday night.
If Smith-Schuster plays, it's expected that he'll play on a pitch count, but he could provide a boost for the Steelers' struggling passing game.
"I don't have an answer to the possibilities," Ben Roethlisberger said on the WDVE Morning Show on Friday. "I thought he looked awesome. Only he knows how it felt. He had a pretty significant injury. The way JuJu plays is physical. He could boost this offense, even just a few plays."
For the Chiefs, they have ruled out running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder). Running back Darrell Williams (toe) is listed as questionable. If Williams can't go, Derrick Gore would be the Chiefs No. 1 running back on Sunday night.