Chiefs Wide Receiver Cleared for Week 12

The Kansas City Chiefs' top-ranked scoring offense should have a little bit of extra juice when they take the field against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12. Head coach Andy Reid declared wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster ready to return for Sunday's matchup.

Smith-Schuster missed the Chiefs' thrilling Week 11 30-27 win over the Los Angeles Chargers due to concussion protocol. He suffered a massive hit to the head in his team's Week 10 27-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Chiefs and their superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes seem to thrive whoever they put on the field, but Smith-Schuster will certainly be a welcome addition. The sixth-year player leads all Chiefs wide receivers with 615 receiving yards, and his 9.6 yards per target trail only Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Smith-Schuster joined the Chiefs earlier this year on an incentive-laden one-year, $3.25 million deal following five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was once one of the league's most exciting young players; he opened his career with an incredible 2343 receiving yards over his first 30 appearances. 

Injuries and the general decline of the Steelers offense saw Smith-Schuster's production crater over his next three years, and he totalled a mere 1512 receiving yards at an underwhelming 6.7 yards per target from 2019 to 2021. He joined the Chiefs as a low-risk reclamation project, and they've already got their money's worth and then some.

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