JuJu back to practice

Receiver’s 1st practice since week 5, Washington cleared to play
JuJu Smith-Schuster running onto field
Photo credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – He’s been out since the first month of the season, but on Thursday receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to practice.

The five-year veteran hurt his shoulder in the win over Denver and hasn’t played since.  Smith-Schuster had 15 catches for 129 yards this season.

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The 25-year-old signed back to a one-year contract for $8 million this offseason in a bit of surprise.  Smith-Schuster hoping to have a big final season with Ben Roethlisberger and turn it into more money as the salary cap was down this season.

A second-round pick in 2017, Smith-Schuster has started 51 of the 63 games he’s played in his career with 323 receptions for 3,855 yards with 26 touchdowns.  JuJu burst onto the scene in his second season with 111 catches in 13 starts for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns.

Smith-Schuster is not yet taking up a roster spot and remains on the Reserve/Injured List as the team has a 21-day window to activate him or he remains on the list for the rest of the season.  Considering where they are in the season, no real risk giving him a shot to maybe play in the postseason.

Steelers also got receiver James Washington back off the Reserve/COVID-19 List.  Washington missed the game in Baltimore on Sunday.  He has just 24 catches for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns this year.