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Steelers Friday Injury Report Week 15: Smith-Schuster, McDonald Out; Conner Questionable

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released what might be their final official injury report of Week 15 ahead of their Sunday night home game against the Buffalo Bills and the Friday offering is about as expected based on how things have transpired this week with players dealing with ailments.

Not practicing on Friday were wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and tight end Vance McDonald (concussion) and both have now officially been ruled out for the team’s Sunday night home game against the Bills. This will be the fourth consecutive game that Smith-Schuster has missed.

“Nah, it wasn’t a setback,” Smith-Schuster claimed on Friday during his media session. “It’s just more so like I pushed myself too hard where I’ve got to slow myself down. I’m so competitive just to get out there and be great. And I’ve got to take it slow.”

McDonald, who didn’t practice on Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and obviously failed to clear concussion protocol. With McDonald out for Sunday look for rookie Zach Gentry to dress in his place.

Running back James Conner (shoulder) practiced fully again on Friday as he continues his attempt to get back on the field Sunday after missing the last three games. He ends the week listed as questionable so it will be interesting to see if he plays Sunday night.

Practicing fully on Friday for the Steelers were running back Jaylen Samuels (groin), inside linebacker Mark Barron (not injury related), guard David DeCastro (not injury related), center Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related), tackle Alejandro Villanueva (not injury related), guard Ramon Foster (not injury related) and wide receiver Johnny Holton (illness). All seven players end the week without game status designations which means all should play against the Bills.

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