Switzer has an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Switzer was added to the injury report Friday as a limited participant, so the specifics of his injury remain unclear. James Washington would likely step in as the Steelers No. 3 wide receiver should Switzer be held out of Sunday's game.
Switzer caught his lone target for one yard during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
Although cleared to play after suffering a concussion in Week 13, Switzer was a bust despite facing an awful Oakland defense. He continues to make the most of his targets -- catching an impressive 83.3% of the balls thrown to him -- best among Pittsburgh wide receivers this season. However, he just isn't seeing enough targets to merit fantasy consideration and has a difficult Week 15 game against New England, which is sixth best in the league against wide receivers in catch percentage (60%).
The news confirms that Switzer cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol, which always seemed likely to happen before the weekend after he practiced fully Wednesday. The second-year player should see most of his snaps in the slot as part of the Steelers' receiver rotation while also returning both punts and kickoffs. Switzer has held a fairly consistent supporting role in the passing game with at least two receptions in five straight weeks, though he's gained more than 20 yards on only one of his 16 catches over that span and hasn't reached the end zone.
Switzer (concussion) was a full practice participant Wednesday.
Switzer was placed in the concussion protocol following last Sunday's loss to the Chargers, but appears to be making quick progress. The second-year wide receiver is unlikely to have fully cleared the protocol at this point, but seems on track to be available for Week 14 at Oakland.
Switzer is in the concussion protocol, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
Switzer was forced out of Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Chargers in the fourth quarter, finishing with two catches for nine yards on two targets. With fellow wideout Justin Hunter (shoulder) also making an early exit, the Steelers may need to bring James Washington back into the game plan for Week 14 in Oakland. The rookie second-round pick was a healthy scratch for the Week 13 loss.
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