The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a lot of trouble generating yards and points on offense in the 2021 season of the NFL. In total offense, they generate 308 total yards, which places them as the 25th team out of 32 in the league. In addition, they are the fourth worst team in scoring, registering five touchdowns in three games, only the Jets, the Pats and the Bears they are worse than them.
Now, they will have a harder time moving the ball in the game against the Green Bay Packers. According to Burt Lauten, the team’s communications director, the Steelers defined Chase Claypool’s status and ruled him out for Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field. His participation was in doubt after missing practice Friday with a hamstring injury.
#Steelers WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) has been downgraded to OUT for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
– Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) October 2, 2021
Claypool has been the Steelers’ best receiver so far this season with 15 receptions and 211 yards, although he has yet to make it to the end zone.
Another casualty for the game against Green Bay is that of the tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, who did not practice for the third day in a row due to the NFL’s concussion protocol. His place will be taken by veteran Joe Haeg, who replaced him in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Not everything is gray in the outlook for the Steelers. The wide receivers Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster completed practice on Friday and will be able to participate in the duel against the Packers.
Johnson was injured on the last play of the Week 2 game and did not play the Bengals; while Smith-Schuster only played 40 percent of snaps against Cincinnati.
On the defensive, everything points to linebackers TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith recovered from their groin injuries and they will pressure Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.