Uncertain for wild-card game
Smith-Schuster (shoulder) practiced Thursday, but head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers have yet to determine if the wideout will be ready to play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Chiefs, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. "We just started the 21-day window," Tomlin said, in reference to Smith-Schuster being designated for return from injured reserve Thursday. "What transpires out [on the practice field] and a lot of other questions are part of the equation."
The Steelers plan to evaluate Smith-Schuster again during their final practice of the day Friday before reassessing if he'll be a realistic option to play Sunday. The Steelers' decision to clear Smith-Schuster for practice was somewhat surprising, as the prevailing assumption was that he would miss the rest of the season after he was shut down in mid-October when he required surgery on his right shoulder. Before landing on IR, Smith-Schuster appeared in five games and recorded 15 receptions for 129 yards and no touchdowns on 28 targets.
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Hardman (groin), who left Wednesday's session early, didn't practice Thursday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports,
Hardman's groin injury isn't considered serious, Independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman reports.
McKinnon is dealing with a strained hamstring that kept him out of practice Wednesday, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Hardman left Wednesday's practice with a groin injury, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Hardman left Wednesday's practice after suffering an apparent leg injury, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Smith-Schuster missed Tuesday's practice due to knee soreness, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Jones may be on the roster bubble, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic.
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