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8-5, 2nd in AFC North

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

JuJu Smith-Schuster is officially out for Sunday's game along with Vance McDonald (concussion). James Conner (shoulder) is questionable.

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Smith-Schuster aggravates knee, out Sunday

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster aggravated his knee injury Thursday during practice and has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Bills.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

After practicing fully yesterday, JuJu Smith-Schuster was a limited participant in today's practice. Barring any future setbacks, though, he's still expected to play Sunday. Adding him back to the offense, OC Randy Fichtner said, allows the rest of the WRs to go back to their "home spots." RB James Conner was a full participant.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Duck Hodges does have some experience playing in cold-weather games. While at Samford, he played against Youngstown State in Ohio, where temperatures were around 40 degrees with a 5-10 mph wind. "It's cold out there, but once I get out there and get going and get active, I'm not really cold," he said. I am out there sweating and the body heat and everything." He added: "Being a big hunter, I'm used to the cold. No problem at all."

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Temps at Heinz Field are forecast to be just above freezing for kickoff Sunday night, but QB Devlin "Duck" Hodges isn't worried about playing in the cold. "Usually Ducks like it when it's a little bit colder anyways," he said. And he's right. Per Ducks.org, "waterfowl possess remarkable adaptations to survive in cold weather." No word, though, if Hodges also possesses insulating features or counter-current blood flow to reduce heat loss in his lower extremities.

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Sherman, Jenkins join Payton Award nominees

Veteran defensive backs and team leaders Richard Sherman of the 49ers and Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles are among the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The last Steelers winner was Jerome Bettis in 2001. Joe Greene won in 1979, Lynn Swann won in 1981, Franco Harris in 1976.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Both JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner were full participants for the first time since before the Thursday night loss in Cleveland on Nov. 14. Smith-Schuster (knee) only started running again a week ago. Pretty significant improvement for the WR. RB Jaylen Samuels (groin) and Vance McDonald (concussion) did not practice. Barron, Pouncey, Villanueva and DeCastro all had vet days.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers rookie Diontae Johnson named AFC Special Teams player of the week after his punt return for a touchdown agains the Cardinals. Per Zebra Technologies and Next Gen Stats, Johnson covered 126.9 yards of total distance in the 85-yard return. It was the most distance by a single player in Week 14 and 4th most distance for a player this season.

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Steelers keep rolling behind undrafted QB Hodges

Pittsburgh's Devlin "Duck" Hodges on Sunday became the first undrafted rookie NFL quarterback to win his first three starts since Ed Rubbert in 1987.

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Vance McDonald is out with a concussion.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Let's try this again. No surprises with STEELERS inactives: QB Paxton Lynch, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, CB Artie Burns, RB James Conner, OLB Tuzar Skipper, T Chuks Okorafor and TE Zach Gentry.

Team Stats

Passing Yards195.531st
Rushing Yards94.6Tied-24th
Points For19.923rd
Points Against18.6