Before another pass-catcher unexpectedly appeared on the team’s injury report on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Steelers were already dealing with injuries to a few of their top wide receivers. The Steelers listed Chase Claypool as limited in practice on Thursday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor , ahead of this weekend’s game against the Green Bay Packers. The second-year wideout was said to be nursing a hamstring injury. Given that he participated fully in practice on Wednesday, Claypool’s appearance on the injury report for this weekend’s important game was surprising. It’s unclear whether he had a hamstring problem yesterday or if it only surfaced in the last 24 hours. In either case, the Steelers faithful will be concerned about Claypool’s availability for Sunday.
New injury for the Steelers popped up today: WR Chase Claypool was limited with a hamstring injury. JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) was also limited. WR Diontae Johnson (knee) was upgraded to full participant, as was TJ Watt (groin). https://t.co/zWfvVCiQwm
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) September 30, 2021
Claypool’s injury designation is particularly concerning given the number of other injured wide receivers in Pittsburgh. Diontae Johnson, the team’s leading wideout, missed last weekend’s loss due to a knee injury, and Juju Smith-Schuster did not participate in the team’s Wednesday workout.
Fortunately for the Steelers, both of those players appear to be making progress. Johnson practiced fully on Thursday, while Smith-Schuster returned in a limited capacity. That leaves Claypool as the only one who appears to be on the decline.
Against the Packers this weekend, Pittsburgh will need all of their offensive weapons. The Steelers have struggled to score in bunches in the first three weeks and have shown some concerning signs about their ability to move the ball up and down the field.
Claypool provides a unique opportunity for Pittsburgh’s offense to gash opposing defenses deep, so the team will hope to get him back to full strength as soon as possible.