PITTSBURGH — Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson has left the team’s game against the Houston Texans and is will not return, the team announced just after halftime.
Johnson is being evaluated for a potential concussion after taking a hard hit on a reverse during a Pittsburgh offensive drive in the second quarter. He was taken to the Steelers’ locker room for further evaluation and did not return to the sideline after the half.
He had one carry for nine yards and was targeted on two pass attempts before leaving the game. Johnson was replaced by rookie Chase Claypool and James Washington in the Steelers’ offense and by Ray-Ray McCloud as the team’s primary punt returned.
Steelers fullback Derek Watt was also injured in the second quarter and also will not return. Watt suffered a hamstring injury a few plays after Johnson’s injury, during a Steelers goal-line offensive set. Watt returned to the Steelers sideline for the second half, but was not wearing his helmet.