Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson was a full participant in the team’s practice on Friday as they continued preparing to open their season against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, but guard David DeCastro was once again unable to practice.
Johnson missed Thursday’s session with a foot injury, before returning on Friday. DeCastro has been hobbled by a knee injury since going down in the Steelers’ scrimmage at Heinz Field during the second week of training camp and has not participated in a practice since.
Johnson is an expected starter at wide receiver along with JuJu Smith-Schuster, while Stefen Wisniewski will likely step in for DeCastro. Traditionally, Steelers that do not practice during the final session (Friday for a normal game, or Saturday before a Monday night game) do not play in games, so his status for Saturday is something to watch.
The Giants have a far longer injury report, with linebacker Tae Crowder, wide receiver Golden Tate and tight end Levine Toiolo limited with hamstring injuries. Linebacker Markus Golden and defensive back Adrian Colbert were full participants in practice on Friday after missing time earlier in the week with an illness.