PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers stars Cam Heyward and Diontae Johnson are not going to be available this week, head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday, but he is optimistic about the rest of the team’s injured players being able to suit up against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
Tomlin said that Johnson is awaiting an MRI on his injured right hamstring to get a clearer picture of how long he might be out, but said that right now, Johnson playing this week does not appear to be a reasonable assumption. Tomlin added that he feels good about the depth at the position, which includes Allen Robinson II, Calvin Austin III and Gunner Olszewski.
“I feel real comfortable with our in-house people, Gunner and others, in terms of elevating and being ready,” he said.
He said the team is optimistic, particularly because of the additional day to get ready before the Monday night contest, that everyone else will be available to play.
Right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (concussion protocol), right guard James Daniels (foot/ankle), tight end Pat Freiermuth (chest) and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (right foot) were the players that Tomlin specifically expressed confidence in playing.
“Freiermuth may be limited in the early portions of the week,” Tomlin said and added that Ogunjobi and Daniels may be limited early in the week, as well.
He did not provide an update on defensive end DeMarvin Leal (triceps) or wide receiver Miles Boykin (foot/ankle).
STEELERS INJURY REPORT
|WR Miles Boykin||Foot/ankle||Sept. 10||Unknown||Active|
|DE DeMarvin Leal||Triceps||Sept. 10||Unknown||Active|
|RT Chuks Okorafor||Concussion protocol||Sept. 10||Day to day||Active|
|RG James Daniels||Foot/ankle||Sept. 10||Day to day||Active, expected to be limited|
|TE Pat Freiermuth||Chest||Sept. 10||Day to day||Active, expected to be limited|
|WR Diontae Johnson||Right hamstring||Sept. 10||Week to week||Active, out this week|
|DT Cam Heyward||Groin surgery||Sept. 10||Multiple weeks||Active, out this week|
|DT Larry Ogunjobi||Right foot||Aug. 9||Day to day||Active, expected to be limited|
|LB Chapelle Russell II||Knee||Aug. 11||Undisclosed||Injured reserve|
|CB Cory Trice||Right ACL tear||Aug. 1||Out for season||Injured reserve|
|RB Alfonzo Graham||Torn right labrum||July 29||Out for season||Injured reserve|
|DT Renell Wren||Torn right Achilles tendon||May 17||Out for season||Injured reserve|