Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will not play when Patrick Mahomes and the rest of his teammates go against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. Smith-Schuster was officially ruled out on Friday, having not practiced all week in the wake of a concussion he suffered on a controversial hit from Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andre Cisco on Nov. 13.
Jaguars’ Andre Cisco Fined for Hit on JuJu Smith-Schuster
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 19, 2022
That’s a an indication that the league believes that Cisco should have been penalized for the hit, a sentiment shared by the Chiefs, who were upset that the officials picked up the flag that was thrown on the play.
After the Jaguars-Chiefs game, referee Brad Rogers said officials determined “that the defender had set and braced for impact and hit shoulder into shoulder (and) they didn’t feel it was a use of helmet foul.”
Never mind that Smith-Schuster was in a defenseless position at the time he made the catch.
“He was in a defenseless posture, but they didn’t feel there was any use of helmet foul on that,” added Rogers, as indicated by an interview conducted by PFWA pool reporter Adam Telcher in the immediate aftermath of the game.
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) November 13, 2022
The earliest that Smith-Schuster can return is Week 12 when the Chiefs host the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
The former Steelers 2nd-round pick (2017), is playing on a one-year contract with the Chiefs. Thus far this season he has 46 receptions on 64 targets for 615 yards and two touchdowns, according to Pro Football Reference (PFR). He will become an unrestricted for the third consecutive season in 2023. He had 323 catches for 3,855 yards and 26 touchdowns as a member of the Steelers (2017-21) and was named to …read more