Steelers Canadian receiver Chase Claypool undergoes off-season surgery

Photo courtesy: Chase Claypool

Canadian receiver Chase Claypool underwent surgery following his second NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Claypool posted a photo of him in a hospital bed with his right arm bandaged on Twitter and Instagram writing: It is when I persevere through struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am.

The 23-year-old missed two games dealing with hamstring and toe issues last year. He suited up in 15 contests, recording 59 receptions for 860 yards (14.6 yards per catch) and two touchdowns while rushing 14 times for 96 yards.

During his rookie season in 2020, the six-foot-four, 238-pound target played all 16 regular season games, hauling in 62 passes for 873 yards (14.1 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns plus carrying the football 10 times for 16 yards and two touchdowns.

After being selected in the second round, 49th overall during the 2020 NFL Draft, Claypool became the first receiver in the Super Bowl era to score 10 touchdowns in his first 10 games.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after Pittsburgh’s 42-21 AFC Wild Card round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs none of his players were scheduled to undergo significant surgical procedures.