Hunter (shoulder) will undergo surgery in the near future to repair a torn labrum, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
The Steelers shuttled Hunter to injured reserve two days after he hurt his shoulder in the Week 13 loss to the Chargers, spelling an end to the wideout's season. Hunter should recovery from the procedure well before training camps get underway next summer, but he's not guaranteed to stick around with Pittsburgh since he'll become a free agent after the current season concludes. While playing on a pair of one-year contracts the past two seasons, Hunter has struggled to carve out much volume behind starting wideouts Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, drawing just 23 targets across 12 games.
Hunter (shoulder) has been placed on IR.
The 2013 second-rounder appeared in just five games for the Steelers this season, en route to recording three catches for 21 yards. Hunter is eligible for free agency this offseason, at which point he'll either look to re-sign with Pittsburgh or look for a depth wideout job elsewhere.
Hunter injured his shoulder during Sunday's game against the Chargers and won't return to the contest, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Hunter should've had a touchdown on a blown coverage in the second quarter, but he instead hurt his shoulder while diving for a badly overthrown pass. With rookie James Washington placed on the inactive list, Darrius Heyward-Bey will step in as Pittsburgh's No. 4 wide receiver for the rest of the night.
Hunter caught two of his four targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 33-18 win over Cleveland.
Hunter how has just three catches for 21 yards in four games this season, with all three receptions coming against Cleveland. The Steelers don't face the Browns again this season, and fantasy owners don't need to roster Hunter either.
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