Steelers Injury Report: Smith-Schuster Dealing With Small Hamstring Injury

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain a fairly healthy team entering their Week 12 home game against the Green Bay Packers. With that, head coach Mike Tomlin recapped the overall health of his team during his Tuesday press conference.

Tomlin started by saying that cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) will once again be sidelined this week, as expected. Haden suffered a fractured fibula in the team’s week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts and that injury is expected to sideline him at least four weeks. Tomlin said there is no timetable yet on the return of Haden.

As for other players who were dealing with injuries such as safety Mike Mitchell (ankle) and tight end Vance McDonald (ankle), Tomlin didn’t provide much of an update on either player outside of saying both will be watched during practice this week.Mitchell and McDonald both missed the Steelers Week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans with their injuries as did outside linebacker James Harrison (back).

“We’ll watch their participation and the quality of their participation,” Tomlin said Tuesday of McDonald and Mitchell. “Some of those guys didn’t participate in the last game.”

According to Tomlin, rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is currently dealing with a small hamstring injury that might limit him in practice during the early stages of the week.

“We’ll be watchful and mindful of that,” Tomlin said of Smith-Schuster’s injury. “He’s a young guy, he needs physical reps in order to preform and perform at an acceptable level.”

The Steelers will host the Packers Sunday night at Heinz Field.

  • Stas

    Here we go with panic button slamming team! 😉

  • Doug Andrews

    As long as we can get Vance back on the field the other guys can rest up especially Mitchell. We’ll need him down the stretch. Vance shows what a good blocking TE can mean to this running game.

  • Chris92021

    Especially with Gilbert out, Vance becomes even more important for our running game.

  • Lee Foo Young

    Every team has injury issues. Ours has been pretty good so far.

  • Sam Clonch

    You better be knocking on wood, lol.

  • Matt Manzo

    I don’t like hamstrings!

  • Patrick Donovan

    Hamstrings worry me I say sit JuJu this week being safe and let Eli, Martavis and Hunter step up

  • Steve Johnson

    This is why you don’t keep a WR on your roster named DHB. He offers absolutely nothing at that position. Let’s go back to the 2017 AFCCG, they had one WR, Antonio Brown. Sit JuJu this week, plug in Eli and Justin Hunter along with A.B. and M.Bryant.

  • gdeuce

    Sit JuJu, don’t need him for this game

  • KansasSteeler

    BTW, I believe they just released Hunter today.

  • Biggie

    They release WR Justin Thomas from the practice squad yesterday but not Hunter from the roster. They just moved Gilbert to IR – Suspended to make room for Sutton.

  • falconsaftey43

    Ok, you let me know how you feel about it when there are repeated KR and PRs for long yards/TDs because you have Justin Hunter out there trying to cover kicks instead of DHB.

  • WB Tarleton

    OK, Tomlin…”preform?” lol

  • Rocksolid20

    Time to see if MB still has it ?

  • Ken Krampert

    We wouldn’t use Hunter for that, haha. We would use Brian Allen or Cam Sutton. DHB has made zero impact in any phase of the game this year.

  • skeptic2525

    It’s a typo, knucklehead.

  • will

    Cannot walk without them.

  • will

    You are overlooking his special team play.

  • John Pennington

    A small hamstring can turn into a big problem so the steelers really have to watch JuJu and maybe its time to get MB more involved in the game planning so JuJu can heal up for the run to the playoffs.Will need everyone at their best going forward to get to their goal the SB.