The Pittsburgh Steelers have a chance to take a full two-game lead and the tiebreaker in a race for home-field advantage in the AFC Playoffs on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and they’ve got two major injury decisions to make before they get there.
Rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and veteran cornerback Joe Haden are both listed as questionable and appear to be close to coin flips for Sunday’s action (4:25 p.m ET/CBS).
According to a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Smith-Schuster is expected to play but is still generally viewed as questionable, while the status of cornerback Joe Haden is up in the air.
The thought is that Haden likely winds up holding off for another week after breaking his leg earlier this year. He was able to return to practice on Tuesday, but has been limited ever since.
Meanwhile, Smith-Schuster missed last week with a hamstring injury but has been able to practice this week and is likely to be active on Sunday. The rookie has 37 receptions this season and is expected to retake kick-return duties from Martavis Bryant after near-disastrous results last week against the Baltimore Ravens.
A win over the Patriots and a loss Sunday by the Jacksonville Jaguars guarantees the Steelers the No. 1 seed in the AFC.