Steelers wide receiver James Washington is expected to miss multiple weeks with the shoulder injury he suffered in the Steelers’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, according to multiple media reports.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that Washington injured his left AC joint. Washington was in a sling at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday.
Tomlin said on Tuesday that the receiver was still being evaluated and had questionable availability for the Steelers’ Week 6 trip to Los Angeles on Sunday.
Through five games, Washington is the team’s fourth-leading receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and running back James Conner.
Washington has nine catches on 21 targets for 140 yards. His 15.6 yards per reception average is the highest on the team.
He was replaced in some formations by Johnny Holton, though the Steelers mostly relied more heavily on Johnson and Smith-Schuster while using more two-back and two-tight end sets.
Donte Moncrief, who was not dressed for the game, is expected to step back into a greater role in the Steelers’ offense without Washington available.
Moncrief had three catches on 11 targets over the first two games, but was benched after a number of drops, including one that led to an interception against the Seattle Seahawks.