Rapoport said the procedure was successful, but as he also added it's a tough loss for a Pittsburgh offense that was maybe showing signs of hitting its stride last week in a win over Denver. Johnson and Claypool could see more targets as a result, at least until Washington can return as the team's WR3. More targets for Najee Harries and the tight ends could also be in the mix for the Steelers offense.
Claypool stood out this past week in the Steelers win, but he and Johnson would likely see a bump in targets without Smith-Schuster in the lineup. Washington is dealing with a groin injury but it's possible he takes on a bigger role at some point, although he was reportedly unhappy and requested to be traded earlier in the year. McCloud had one catch for a yard this past week. The team has shown they're not afraid to use Harris in the passing game so it's possible he absorbs more targets as well.
Smith-Schuster went to the locker room in the second quarter and did not return. He finished with just six rushing yards. He did not catch a single pass in Pittsburgh’s 27-19 win over the Broncos. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, their offense finally came alive. Najee Harris rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown (and that was with leaving late with cramps) and Chase Claypool had 130 yards receiving and a touchdown. This is the type of action we’ve been expecting from the Steelers. We’ll see how JuJu looks this week as the Steelers prepare for a Sunday night meeting with the Russell Wilson-less Seahawks next week before Pittsburgh has their bye in Week 7.