CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh’s high two playmakers are finished for the night.
JuJu Smith-Schuster will no longer return to the Steelers’ Thursday night contest towards the Cleveland Browns on account of a concussion suffered within the 2d quarter. Working support James Conner’s powerful shoulder flared up one more time within the first half of, knocking him out of the remainder of Thursday night’s game, as smartly.
Smith-Schuster attempted to elevate a creep between three defenders on a third-and-four play early within the 2d, nonetheless was hit concurrently by Browns defensive backs Greedy Williams and Morgan Burnett ahead of falling to the turf and exhibiting motionless for a pair of horrifying moments.
Smith-Schuster lastly walked off the sector under his possess energy and did no longer return.
Conner carried the ball five cases for devoted 10 yards ahead of exiting with viewed shoulder discomfort.
Cornerback Artie Burns (knee) and linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (concussion) dangle been also dominated out by the point the first half of ended.
The blended loss of Smith-Schuster and Conner handiest makes Pittsburgh’s going more difficult on the offensive aspect of the ball. Without the risk of Conner ripping off a gargantuan bustle, the Browns dangle teed off on quarterback Mason Rudolph, sacking him twice and registering 10 pressures in precisely two quarters, per Next Gen Stats. Doubtlessly the most worthy detail in that stat: each and each sacks and 4 pressures dangle reach when the Browns rushed devoted four, illustrating the sector ahead for Rudolph without his high two playmakers.
Pittsburgh won 104 total yards within the first half of whereas worthwhile the time of possession battle 16:13-13:47. This would possibly want its lesser-identified knowledgeable players to step up if it hopes to erase the 14-0 deficit.