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Steelers Injury Updates: Johnson Out, Optimism for Others



Steelers Diontae Johnson
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 10, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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).


Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
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

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