Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson and offensive linemen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey were unable to finish the team’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday due to injury.
Johnson suffered a direct blow to his back, according to head coach Mike Tomlin, but may next week. He appeared to be injured on a punt return. With Johnson out, Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud got additional touches for the Steelers.
Johnson has missed practice time this season with a lingering toe injury and left the Steelers‘ Week 3 victory over the Houston Texans in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
DeCastro suffered an abdominal injury and Tomlin said his availability for the Steelers Week 6 AFC North opener against the Cleveland Browns is “in question.”
DeCastro also missed the Steelers’ first two games with a knee injury suffered in training camp. He was once again replaced by rookie Kevin Dotson at right guard.
Pouncey left the game late with a foot injury. Tomlin said he is still being evaluated. Do you was replaced by first-year center J.C. Hassenauer, who appeared in his third career game.
Backup center Stefen Wisniewski is on injured reserve with a pectoral injury suffered in the Steelers‘ Week 1 game against the New York Giants.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson Has Ankle Bruise, Says He Won’t Miss Playing Time
Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson said that he has an ankle bruise and should not miss any playing time after he left the Steelers’ game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in the fourth quarter.
Johnson left the game after competing a crucial first down as the Steelers were looking to seal the game offensively, but after he left, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception, and the Steelers had to sweat out a long Stephen Gostkowski field goal before coming away with the win.
Johnson was crucial to the winning effort, as he scored two touchdowns and led the Steelers with 15 targets, which he turned into nine catches for 80 yards.
He has dealt with several injury issues this season. Johnson suffered a back injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 and missed the Steelers’ Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns, but was able to return to practice in the week leading up to the Titans game. He has also dealt with a nagging toe issue throughout the 2020 season.
Through five games played, Johnson has 24 catches for 227 and three touchdowns.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson Leaves Game vs. Titans in 4th Quarter
Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson left his team’s Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans with an injury on Sunday afternoon.
Johnson was injured while picking up a critical first down late in fourth quarter.
He left the game after making nine catches on 15 targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Johnson suffered a back injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5 and missed the Steelers’ Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns, but was able to return to practice in the week leading up to the Titans game. In his first four games, Johnson had 15 catches for 147 and one touchdown.
He has also dealt with a nagging toe issue throughout the 2020 season.
Steelers ILB Robert Spillane Leaves Game after Big Hit
Inside linebacker Robert Spillane left the Steelers Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans with an injury on Sunday afternoon.
Spillane made a huge hit on a goal line stop against Titans running back Derrick Henry, but left the game, while gesturing toward his left shoulder and collarbone area.
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Second-year linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III replaced Spillane in the Steelers’ lineup.