Friday update: Claypool has been ruled out for Sunday’s contest against the Lions with a toe injury. The setback has deemed the wide receiver week-to-week, which is good news based on updates from earlier in the week. The Steelers will lean on Diontae Johnson and James Washington with Claypool out.
Thursday update: Claypool didn’t practice on Thursday as expected. He is likely out this week due to a toe injury.
Wednesday update: According to Ian Rapoport, Claypool’s toe injury leaves him week-to-week for the Steelers. It’s not a season-ending setback, but it’s possible the receiver will miss a week or two. That’s bad news for the Steelers, who are in the thick of the AFC playoff race.
Some relatively good news for #Steelers WR Chase Claypool: His toe injury is not considered season-ending. There was some fear of that originally, but he’s now considered week-to-week, source said. May miss some time, but will be back.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2021
The Pittsburgh Steelers escaped Monday with a 29-27 victory over the Chicago Bears courtesy of a last-second field goal from Chris Boswell. Chase Claypool, who had some big grabs in the win, injured his toe during the game. He got an MRI on the injury Wednesday, and eventually did not suit up for the team’s practice.
Fantasy football implications
Claypool has had some injury problems early in the season and battled through them to eventually play on game day. It’s unlikely this toe injury will keep him off the field for Week 10 against the Lions, although the fact that he did get an MRI is some reason for concern. It’s only Wednesday, so Claypool still has a few days to log practice time ahead of a favorable matchup for him and this offense. If Claypool cannot go, fantasy managers may have to look at James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud as filler options.