It’s been a rough training camp injury-wise for former USC star JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The Steelers’ second-round rookie wideout left practice early Wednesday with a lower body injury, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Smith-Schuster was on the ground for a few minutes after a hit during running drills, but walked off on his own when Pittsburgh sent out a cart.
Despite the scary appearance of the injury, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters after practice that it wasn’t as severe as it looked.
“It doesn’t appear to be as serious as it appeared to be, but I don’t have any information,” Tomlin said. “He’s being evaluated right now.”
Smith-Schuster suffered an ankle injury on the Steelers’ first day of training camp that caused him to miss a few days. He also was evaluated for a concussion in his preseason debut Friday night against the Giants.
It’s already tough enough for a rookie wide receiver to adjust to the learning curve of the NFL, and this latest setback will only make it more difficult for Smith-Schuster to crack the rotation early on.