Steelers offense plots a path forward without Smith-Schuster

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is upended by Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. Smith-Shuster was injured on the play and left the field.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is upended by Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. Smith-Shuster was injured on the play and left the field. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for life without wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The popular Smith-Schuster is out for the season after injuring his right shoulder in a win over Denver last weekend.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says no single player can replace Smith-Schuster, adding it will take a group effort.

Smith-Schuster developed a reputation as one of the league’s tougher wide receivers and was often Roethlisberger’s most trusted target on third downs.

James Washington figures to see an uptick in playing time in Smith-Schuster’s absence.

The Steelers host Seattle in Week 6.

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