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Steelers’ Smith-Schuster, Conner leave with injuries

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Pro Bowlers JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner to first-half injuries on Thursday night against the Browns in Cleveland.

Both players were ruled out by the team. Conner aggravated his right shoulder injury, which kept him out of the last two games, on the final play of the first quarter.

Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion midway through the second quarter as he was sandwiched by a trio of Browns defenders, with safety Morgan Burnett’s facemask colliding with Smith-Schuster’s helmet. The hit, which came a step or so after Smith-Schuster caught the ball, was not penalized.

Burnett later left the game with what multiple media outlets reported was a possibly serious Achilles injury.

Conner had five carries for 10 yards and one reception for 6 yards, while Smith-Schuster made two grabs for 21 yards before departing. Both made their first career Pro Bowl appearances in 2018.

The Steelers also lost cornerback Artie Burns (knee), linebacker Ola Adeniyi (concussion) and rookie wideout Diontae Johnson (concussion) to injuries.

Johnson was hurt on a hit in the third quarter by Browns safety Damarious Randall that drew an ejection.

A throw down the sideline went through Johnson’s hands, and Randall arrived a beat late, with his helmet colliding squarely with Johnson’s helmet. Randall was given a 15-yard penalty on the field and then ejected upon review.

Johnson appeared to be in serious pain and then was helped off with significant assistance, with blood dripping from his right ear.

–Field Level Media

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