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Sport Steelers WR Chase Claypool ruled out vs. Packers with hamstring injury

22:45  02 october  2021
22:45  02 october  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool is out for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers due to a hamstring injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool. © Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool.

Claypool suffered the injury during practice and didn't participate in training on Friday.

The 23-year-old's absence will have a significant effect on the Pittsburgh offense. The second-year receiver leads the team with 15 catches for 211 yards.

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Claypool had an impressive rookie season, catching 62 passes for 873 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games. He was expected to follow that up with an even better 2021 season.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ray-Ray McCloud, Diontae Johnson and James Washington will be Ben Roethlisberger's top targets for the weekend with Claypool sidelined.

The Steelers also have Steven Sims, Tyler Vaughns, and Cody White on their practice squad for a possible elevation.

Pittsburgh has had a difficult time on offense through three games this year, averaging just 14.3 points per game. Roethlisberger has especially struggled in his 18th NFL season, completing 63.8% of his passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns against three interceptions.

The Steelers are last in the AFC North with a 1-2 record. If they continue to struggle, they might miss the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. However, it's a little too early to be making postseason predictions.

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