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Antonio Brown shades JuJu Smith-Schuster, Derek Carr in latest tweets

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has yet to find a team to sign him as the NFL continues to investigate his off-field behavior, but that has not stopped the star wide receiver from talking smack to other players on social media.

Brown took aim at two former teammates in some of his latest tweets on Monday. He first fired a shot at Derek Carr, implying that he believes the Raiders are going to dump the quarterback this offseason and that Carr won’t be moving to Las Vegas with the team.

Carr is coming off another less-than-stellar season with the Raiders, and many believe Jon Gruden will look to make a change at the quarterback position this offseason.

Brown then took a swipe at Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who had beef with Brown all throughout the offseason. Smith-Schuster said during the summer that he was ready to take over the No. 1 receiver role in Pittsburgh with Brown gone, but he had a disappointing year. Brown called him “Boo Boo” and told him to “learn some respect.”

The 500 is likely a reference to Smith-Schuster’s receiving total, as he had just 552 yards in 12 games this season. Some of that was due to Ben Roethlisberger going down with an injury early on and Smith-Schuster battling some injuries of his own, but Brown doesn’t seem to care.

Brown refuses to keep a low profile on social media even amid reports that one NFC team wants to sign him. He also recently blasted Ben Roethlisberger again, and he has made it clear that he is not going to change his ways. Time will tell if that impacts his chances of finding another job in the NFL.

JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to miss Week 15 following knee injury setback

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster has missed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ last three games as he dealt with a concussion and a knee injury, and he was originally slated to return on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills. However, the star wide receiver suffered a setback in practice this week.

Smith-Schuster aggravated his knee injury and is not expected to play in Week 15, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

It’s good news that Smith-Schuster has been cleared from the concussion protocol, as he took two brutal hits to the head from defenders on the same play in Week 11. However, if his knee was feeling better and then began bothering him again, that does not bode well for Smith-Schuster’s availability the rest of the season.

Smith-Schuster was averaging just 3.8 catches per game prior to getting injured, so he is having a down season. He has 524 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the year.

JuJu Smith-Schuster posts video that appears to show him driving over 100 mph

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster missed last week’s game after he sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit the week before, and let’s just say he isn’t taking every precaution necessary to make sure he avoids further injury.

On Tuesday night, Smith-Schuster shared a video on his Instagram story that appeared to show him driving 100 mph (and climbing?) down the freeway.

Smith-Schuster later deleted the video from his Instagram story.

Obviously, that is not a great look no matter what the circumstances. An NFL player shouldn’t be bragging about breaking the law or endangering himself and others, but that is certainly true for one who is still recovering from a concussion.

If you remember, we saw a very similar video posted on social media by Lamar Jackson during the offseason, and the Baltimore Ravens quarterback later issued an apology. It would not be a surprise if we see the same from Smith-Schuster.

JuJu Smith-Schuster dealing with concussion and knee injury, could miss Week 12

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion during last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns when he took a hard hit from two defenders, and that was apparently not the only injury the Pittsburgh Steelers star sustained on the play.

Smith-Schuster also injured his knee on the play, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. He is not a lock to suit up against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

As Schefter noted, Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson also has a concussion, so Pittsburgh could be quite thin at the position in Week 12.

The Steelers will probably take every necessary precaution on Sunday, as the Bengals are currently the worst team in football and have not won a game. That said, all divisional games can be tough, and Pittsburgh wants to get back in the win column coming off a poor performance against Cleveland.

Smith-Schuster was not the only key offensive player knocked out of last week’s game, so the injuries are piling up for the Steelers.

Juju Smith-Schuster knocked out of game with concussion after hit to head

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster was knocked out of Thursday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns game with a concussion.

Smith-Schuster caught a pass from Mason Rudolph on a 3rd-and-4 in the second quarter that was thrown between three Browns defenders. Smith-Schuster was hit in the helmet by two players:

Smith-Schuster was down on the field after being hit. He was helped off the field and into the locker room. Smith-Schuster was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.

A penalty flag was thrown on the play, though it was roughing the passer. The Steelers eventually turned the ball over on downs on the possession.

Smith-Schuster had two catches for 21 yards in the game prior to suffering the concussion. He joined James Conner as key offensive players who were knocked out of the game. Artie Burns and Ola Adeniyi suffered injuries on the defensive side.

JuJu Smith-Schuster reportedly ‘fine’ after suffering toe injury

JuJu Smith-Schuster

A bad night got even worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday when JuJu Smith-Schuster was forced to leave with an injury late in the team’s blowout loss to the New England Patriots, but fortunately the star receiver is not dealing with anything serious.

Smith-Schuster underwent X-rays after injuring his toe and is expected to be “fine,” Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Smith-Schuster had six catches for 78 yards in Pittsburgh’s 33-3 loss before leaving late in the fourth quarter. He probably would have stayed on the field if the score was a bit closer, as there was no need for the Steelers to take chances with their best receiver in a game that completely got away from them.

With Antonio Brown having been traded and Le’Veon Bell signing with the New York Jets, Smith Schuster is probably the best skill player the Steelers have remaining. He had a breakout season in 2018 with 111 catches for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns, and it remains to be seen if he can duplicate that production while serving as the team’s clear-cut No. 1 receiver.

JuJu Smith-Schuster has ‘no hatred’ towards Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster engaged in some public back-and-forth with ex-teammate Antonio Brown this summer, but he has no hard feelings in spite of it.

Brown was a frequent critic of Smith-Schuster after leaving the Steelers for the Oakland Raiders during the offseason. Smith-Schuster responded on more than one occasion, but even now, he says there’s “no hatred” toward Brown.

“For me, I have no hatred towards him,” Smith-Schuster told Michael McKnight of SI. “Hate is a strong word to use. The word I use is disappointed. Playing with him for two years, he was a role model. Everything he did, he dominated. I respect his game so much, I wanted to play like him, be great with him. Obviously there were other plans in place. I can’t control that.”

Brown essentially blamed Smith-Schuster for the downfall of Pittsburgh’s 2018 season, which prompted a response from Smith-Schuster. The two aren’t on good teams, but Smith-Schuster doesn’t seem to want an over-the-top war of words.

The 22-year-old Smith-Schuster is expected to pick up a lot of the slack from Brown this year. He posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2018, racking up 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns.

JuJu Smith-Schuster takes shot at Antonio Brown over camp entrances

JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Pittsburgh Steelers are free from the distractions caused by Le’Veon Bell’s holdout and Antonio Brown’s distractions last season and are focused on football this year. JuJu Smith-Schuster and others have made that clear.

Smith-Schuster simply entered the building from a side door upon arriving at training camp on Thursday. There was no special entrance the way Brown has done the last several years. Smith-Schuster even commented on that, taking a shot at his former teammate by saying he doesn’t need the “paparazzi.”

Brown’s training camp arrivals with the Steelers included chauffeurs and helicopters.

When Brown arrived at his first training camp with the Raiders, he did so in a hot air balloon.

Brown and Smith-Schuster spent the offseason trading shots. We can only imagine this will lead to a response from the new Raiders receiver.

JuJu Smith-Schuster backs Ben Roethlisberger in Twitter post

It’s safe to say that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is a fan of his quarterback.

Smith-Schuster, the newly-anointed No. 1 wide receiver for the Steelers, made perfectly clear his support of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a Twitter post on Saturday afternoon that seemed timed to send a message.

Every comment Smith-Schuster makes out of the blue about Roethlisberger is going to look like shade at this point. It’s in stark contrast to Antonio Brown, who seems to comment on every public comment anyone from Pittsburgh makes about him after his acrimonious departure to Oakland.

The relationship between Brown and Smith-Schuster also turned toxic after the trade. It may be that the Steelers wide receiver is just pumping up his quarterback, but given the circumstances of the offseason, it’s always going to look like more than that.

Antonio Brown puts JuJu Smith-Schuster on blast with message from 2015

Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster have been trading shots on social media over the past several weeks, and Brown feels he has done enough to win the war once and for all.

Brown took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize Smith-Schuster for fumbling the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season away last year, which was a reference to Smith-Schuster’s crucial turnover late in a Week 16 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Smith-Schuster, who has tried to take the high road with questions about Brown forcing his way out of Pittsburgh, could no longer remain silent.

In response to Brown, Smith-Schuster sent a series of tweets about how he never showed Brown anything but respect and was happy for him when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders and secured a new contract. Brown clearly feels those comments were disingenuous, because he put JuJu on blast Monday with an Instagram post that included a screenshot of a direct message he received from Smith-Schuster back in 2015.

A lot can obviously change in four years, so it seems a little cheap for Brown to expose something Smith-Schuster said when he was still in college at USC. Plus, the old message makes Smith-Schuster look polite if anything. In any event, you can tell by the microphone emoji that Brown feels sharing the screenshot was his “mic drop” moment.

While he hasn’t been quite as forward about it, Smith-Schuster has definitely tried to rip Brown on social media in a subtle manner. Neither receiver has been innocent in the immature war of words.