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The wide receiver will undergo surgery to address a shoulder injury he suffered in the Steelers’ 27-19 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
Rapoport said Smith-Schuster had his shoulder reduced last night after a dislocation that can often result in a labral tear. The 24-year-old was examined and had an MRI Sunday night and the decision was made that he needed surgery.
Smith-Schuster suffered the injury in the second quarter when he carried the ball and was hit by Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson. He exited the game and did not return.
Smith-Schuster settled on a one-year deal to stay with the Steelers, which surprised many this offseason. The contract includes a $7 million signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and four voidable years, lowering his 2021 cap number to $1.6. million, as OutKick previously reported.
Around the NFL reports the wideout caught just 15 passes for 129 yards in four and a half games before suffering the season-ending shoulder injury. Smith-Schuster is expected to hit the open market after this season and head elsewhere in 2022.
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