Seeing JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner on Friday's injury report is certainly not a great sign for the Steelers as they head into their Week 10 showdown vs. the Rams at Heinz Field.
Conner's status is clear: He's out with a shoulder injury sustained during the Steelers' 27-14 win over the Dolphins in Week 8. Conner missed last week's win over the Colts and will now officially be sidelined for a second consecutive game.
Question marks surround Smith-Schuster, however. The Steelers' No. 1 receiver was limited in Friday's practice at the Rooney Complex, and he's officially questionable for Sunday with a foot injury.
Smith-Schuster hasn't missed a game yet in 2019, although he has battled lingering toe and foot problems throughout the season.
“He’s been hobbled a little bit and fighting through [in-season injury] types of things and, I mean, he didn’t miss a rep last week in practice,” offensive coordinator Randy Ficthner confirmed of Smith-Schuster after the team's Week 6 win over the Chargers.
Smith-Schuster hadn't missed any time this week in practice until today though, giving reason for concern regarding the status of his injury for Sunday. He has 33 catches for 459 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
Joining Conner on the sidelines Sunday are Ramon Foster, Benny Snell, and Roosevelt Nix.
On the positive side of things, Trey Edmunds was a full participant in Friday's practice after sitting out the entire week to that point with a rib injury sustained vs. the Dolphins. With Conner and Snell both out, he will be expected to serve as Jaylen Samuels' primary backup against the Rams.
Wrapping up Friday's injury report, Ryan Switzer (back), Mark Barron (not injury related), Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related), Vance McDonald (not injury related) and Tyson Alualu (knee) all participated in full and are good to go Sunday.