Former USC Football legendary Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has to miss Sunday Night Football for the Kansas City Chiefs because he was injured via a concussion in last week's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was a very clearly dirty, helmet-to-helmet hit, yet somehow the flag was picked up afterwards:
How this was not a penalty is very embarrassing for the NFL. After the Tua Tagovailoa controversy, the league pretended that they will care about player safety from then on. Here is a clear example of how they don't, actually.
They'll flag ANYONE for even touching a quarterback (especially if they're Tom Brady) for a roughing the passer call, yet Smith-Schuster can get lit up on incredibly clear helmet-to-helmet contact and there's no problem. His teammates took major issue with it:
Smith-Schuster is having an electrifying season for the Chiefs this year, posting 615 receiving yards through nine games. It's why it's such a shame that he has to miss the game due to a hit that has no place in this great game.
Smith-Schuster finally has a good quarterback for the first time since his rookie year, yet can't play with him this week because Andre Cisco and his Jaguars can't win in this league whithout playing dirty. Interestingly, Cisco and his Jaguars still can't have success in this league while playing dirty, as they lost this game by a score of 27-17. Cisco and his Jags are now 6-21 in his career as a pro.
USC Football WR JuJu Smith-Schuster's absence means that the Chiefs will need to lean on Travis Kelce and the running game.
Without former USC Football legend JuJu Smith-Schuster, Kansas City will be leaning on their elite Tight End in Kelce, who already has posted an absurd stat line of 63 receptions, 740 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns. They'll also need a strong performance from their backs in Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Isiah Pacheco.
They also will likely try to feature newly-acquired WR Kadarius Toney in this contest, as he had 101 all-purpose yards and two all-purpose touchdowns last week in just his second game with KC. The team was very complimentary of what he's brought so far.
The 7-2 Chiefs will be without WR1, but if they can beat the 5-4 Los Angeles Chargers on the road, imagine how dangerous this offense can be when they get their standout wide receiver back.