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Despite leaving practice, JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to play Sunday for Steelers against Bills

Oct 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

JuJu Smith-Schuster was forced to exit practice early on Thursday, but the Pittsburgh Steelers star receiver is still expected to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Brook Pryor of ESPN noted that Smith-Schuster was a full participant during Wednesday’s practice and that “barring any future setbacks” he is still expected to play Sunday despite exiting Thursday’s practice early. Additionally, with Smith-Schuster back, offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is looking forward to the other receivers getting back to their “home spots.”

Smith-Schuster has been out of commission since suffering a knee injury in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. On the season, the third-year receiver has caught 38 passes for 524 yards and three touchdowns.