Steelers Suffer Pair of Concussions in Loss to Browns

Noah Strackbein

The Steelers will lose their two starting receivers to concussions following their 21-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Coming off a short week and dealing with a number of first half injuries, Pittsburgh was in no position to deal with more. 

Then, JuJu Smith-Schuster left with a concussion. The wideout seemed to run into a pile of defenders after attempting to catch a pass over the middle from Mason Rudolph. Smith-Schuster left the game and was ruled out after being diagnosed. 

Diontae Johnson soon followed after taking a vicious hit by Morgan Burnett on a deep route. Johnson was on the field in pain before standing up and reveling blood coming from his ear. Johnson was carted off the field and ruled out in the fourth quarter. 

James Conner also left the game after returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out the last two weeks. It may have been a sign of returning too soon as he appeared to be timid running the ball before leaving in the first quarter. 

Conner suffered an AC Joint sprain two weeks prior. According to reports, both Conner and Smith-Schuster were seen leaving the locker room relatively okay.