CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh’s prime two playmakers were knocked out early on Thursday night.
JuJu Smith-Schuster failed to return to the Steelers’ 21-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night attributable to a concussion suffered in the 2d quarter. Running back James Conner’s difficult shoulder flared up again in the first half of, knocking him out of the rest of Thursday night’s game, as successfully.
Smith-Schuster tried to select out a cross between three defenders on a third-and-4 play early in the 2d, nonetheless turned into hit concurrently by Browns defensive backs Grasping Williams and Morgan Burnett earlier than falling to the turf and exhibiting motionless for a few upsetting moments.
Smith-Schuster one intention or the other walked off the sphere beneath his possess vitality and failed to return.
Conner carried the ball five times for simply 10 yards earlier than exiting with visible shoulder discomfort.
Cornerback Artie Burns (knee) and linebacker Ola Adeniyi (concussion) were also dominated out by the level the first half of ended. Receiver Diontae Johnson turned into later knocked out with a concussion.
The combined loss of Smith-Schuster and Conner handiest made Pittsburgh’s going more difficult on the offensive aspect of the ball. Without the specter of Conner ripping off a astronomical scurry, the Browns teed off on quarterback Mason Rudolph, sacking him four times and forcing four interceptions.
Pittsburgh won 104 entire yards in the first half of whereas winning the time of possession combat 16:13-13:47. The Steelers performed with simply 236 entire yards on 3.7 yards per play.