PITTSBURGH — Though the Steelers added two names to their injury report on Tuesday, when head coach Mike Tomlin announced injuries to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (left pectoral) and Alex Highsmith (groin).
But it wasn’t all bad news, as Tomlin expressed optimism about wide receiver Diontae Johnson, who suffered a knee injury on the final play of the game. There was initial concern that the injury could be serious, but that has turned out not to be the case.
“He’s looking better, but not to be confused with great,” Tomlin said. “We’ll follow him and his health through the week.”
The Steelers have plenty of depth at wide receiver, with James Washington readily able to fill in for Johnson if need-be and Ray-Ray McCloud plenty experienced, as well. Cody White would likely be the first player recalled from the practice squad, if necessary.
Tomlin was hesitant to make a prognosis about any of his four players with groin injuries: inside linebacker Devin Bush, cornerback Joe Haden and outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Bush and Haden missed the game, while Watt was injured in the first half and did not return.
Tomlin was also cautious about making a projection for defensive tackle Carlos Davis, saying “we’ll see” if he will be able to replace Tyson Alualu, who is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a broken ankle on Monday.