The Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers got scares on Sunday when their star wide receivers suffered knee contusions during the AFC’s 26-7 win over the NFC at the Pro Bowl. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and New York Jets safety Jamal Adams won MVP honors.
Smith-Schuster limped off the field in the second quarter following a catch from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck after Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner chased him down from behind.
Smith-Schuster limps off after being tackled by Wagner
Contact was at a minimum at the Pro Bowl, as officials blew plays dead when players were wrapped up. But when Wagner caught Smith-Schuster from behind, he dragged him to the ground on the wet playing surface on a rainy day in Orlando.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) January 27, 2019
Smith-Schuster needed attention on the sideline.
— Roto Street Journal (@RotoStJournal) January 27, 2019
Smith-Schuster reportedly has knee contusion
He suffered a knee contusion on the play, according to multiple reports.
Allen later left the game with the same diagnosis.
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) January 27, 2019
Pro Bowl risk unavoidable
The injuries are sure to raise familiar questions about the purpose of the Pro Bowl. Even as it’s been basically turned into a game of two-hand touch, it’s still a game of strong, fast men chasing each other around on a field, and injuries like Smith-Schuster’s are an inevitable risk.
Add in the fact that they’re playing on a slick, rain-soaked field, and the risk only increases.
It seems Smith-Schuster’s injury is a minor one. And for that, the Steelers and the NFL should feel lucky.
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