JuJu Smith-Schuster has 'worst feeling ever' after OT fumble costs Steelers in loss

Last season, one of the biggest plays of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season was JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fumble late in a loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Steelers weren’t guaranteed to win if Smith-Schuster didn’t fumble, but the turnover sealed a loss and Pittsburgh barely missed the playoffs.

The Steelers likely aren’t going to the playoffs this season either. Another Smith-Schuster fumble was one reason they’re in a big hole.

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The shorthanded Steelers fought hard against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. They were down to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges after Mason Rudolph was knocked out on a scary hit. The Steelers still took the Ravens to overtime.

And the Ravens won in overtime after Smith-Schuster fumbled again. Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey punched the ball out right after Smith-Schuster secured a catch. The Ravens recovered in Steelers territory and Justin Tucker kicked a game-winning field goal on the ensuing drive.

“I feel terrible man,” Smith-Schuster told the media after the game. “It’s literally the worst feeling ever.”

The Steelers are 1-4, without Ben Roethlisberger the rest of the season and perhaps without Rudolph for a while too. Smith-Schuster was visibly shaken as trainers looked at Rudolph on the field after the quarterback was knocked out.

The season isn’t technically over, but close. Smith-Schuster wasn’t the reason the Steelers lost. He helped keep them in the game with a touchdown. Pittsburgh had plenty of chances to make other plays, or stop the Ravens late in regulation after the Steelers took a lead. Also credit Humphrey for making a great play to punch the ball out.

But the likable Smith-Schuster will take Sunday’s loss hard. It will linger for the rest of what will likely be a long Steelers season.

JuJu Smith-Schuster had a costly overtime fumble against the Ravens. (Getty Images)
JuJu Smith-Schuster had a costly overtime fumble against the Ravens. (Getty Images)

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Frank Schwab is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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