The Steelers were battered and bruised coming out of their Week 2 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. However, the injury to Diontae Johnson at the end of the game on the final play was a head-scratching one. Luckily, the Steelers appear to have come out fortunate. Johnson did not suffer a serious injury against the Raiders and will not be out long-term, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 20, 2021
As Garafolo notes, there is no guarantee that Johnson will be able to suit up on Sunday against the Bengals. However, it appears that he will likely avoid an injured reserve stint and simply be week-to-week as it stands. With it being a knee injury, caution does have to be exercised.
Johnson went over 100 yards, catching nine passes against the Raiders. Becoming instrumental to the Steelers’ passing game, Johnson has over 30% of the Steelers’ targets in the passing game thus far on the season. If he can not go against the Bengals, the Steelers will essentially be without their de factor number one receiver. That will be something to monitor over the week, but Johnson at least seems to have avoided severe injury.