Surprise Name on Steelers First Injury Report: UPDATED

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By: Zach Herbaugh


The Pittsburgh Steelers first official injury report came out today for their opening night contest against the New York Giants. One somewhat surprising name on the list was emerging wide receiver, Diontae Johnson.

Johnson, who has been on and off the injury report throughout training camp, was listed as a non participant due to a foot injury. The injury appears to be new for Johnson who missed a few games last year due to injury as well. If Johnson’s practice ability doesn’t increase, this could jeopardize his ability to suit up against the Giants on Monday.

A few players to keep your eye on if Johnson isn’t able to play Monday would be third year wide receiver James Washington, and rookie wide receiver, Chase Claypool. Both are listed behind Johnson on the depth chart, so their playing time and targets would be significantly increased. The Steelers still have plenty of options for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, including JuJu Smith-Schuster, Eric Ebron, Vance McDonald and running back, James Conner.

There’s no reason to hit the panic button quite yet, but the injury is definitely something to keep an eye on. Keep out for updates each day from the practice report on our Twitter to see Johnson’s progress throughout the week.

9/11, 8:30 PM EST

The Steelers reported today that Diontae Johnson was a full participant (FP) in Friday’s practice and should be good to go for the team come Monday night against the Giants!

Now that the Steelers receiving core looks to be back at full strength, who do you think will have the biggest game on Monday night? Sound off below!


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