Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster announces surprise return for playoff game: 'God answered my prayers'

The wide receiver had been on injured reserve since injuring a shoulder Oct. 16 in a game against the 丹佛野马队. What was thought to be a season-ending injury appeared to have healed enough for Smith-Schuster to at least try and give it a go.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is helped off the field after being injured during the first half against the Denver Broncos in Pittsburgh Oct. 10, 2021.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is helped off the field after being injured during the first half against the Denver Broncos in Pittsburgh Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

God answered my prayers & I’ve recovered from my season-ending shoulder injury earlier than expected. I can’t believe I get another chance to take the field with this team and play in a playoff game to keep our season alive,” Smith-Schuster tweeted.

The Steelers later officially activated him from the reserve/injured list.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week he wasn’t surprised about Smith-Schuster’s return.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is upended by Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during the first half of a game in Pittsburgh Oct. 10, 2021.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is upended by Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during the first half of a game in Pittsburgh Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

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He’s worked hard in rehabilitation and has gotten himself to this point, and we simply started the 21-day window,” Tomlin said Thursday. “We’ll look at him and see how he feels and check his level of conditioning. Things that we normally do when people get into that 21-day window. Kevin Dotson was probably the latest example of that prior to JuJu. Good to have him out here. But it’s just part of the process.

Tomlin was noncommittal when he was asked whether Smith-Schuster would be an option Sunday.

I don’t know that. 就像我说的, we just started his 21-day window and what transpires out here and a lot of other questions are part of the equation,” Tomlin said.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) runs with the ball during a game against the Denver Broncos Oct. 10, 2021, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) runs with the ball during a game against the Denver Broncos Oct. 10, 2021, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Smith-Schuster signed a one-year deal to return to the Steelers for 2021. 他有 15 抓住 129 yards this season in his limited action.

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