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.
From the Locker Room: Ben Roethlisberger Explains How Steelers Defense Helps Offense
Despite putting up 31 of the teams’s 38 points scored in the Steelers win over the Browns, quarterback Ben Roethlsiberger explained to the media after the game that he didn’t really feel like the offense did that much. And Roethlsiberger’s final stat line points in that direction. The future Hall of Fame quarterback only completed 14 passes for 162 yards on the day.
Roethlisberger also talked about how the strong imposing play of the defense can help the offense have success, even without accumulating a bunch of big numbers.
From the Locker Room: Cam Heyward on Steelers Defense Punishing Baker Mayfield
Cam Heyward spoke to the media after the Steelers dominating win over the Browns. Heyward clarified comments he made prior to the game and explained how the Steelers defense was able to do so well against Browns QB Baker Mayfield.
The leader of the Steeles defense also touched on what message he’s telling the rest of the team about the mindset they should have while sitting at 5-0.
Postgame Show: Steelers Expose Browns, Cement Contender Status
The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the Cleveland Browns. There’s no better way to describe the game. Host Mike Asti talked with briefly with Steelers fan Michael Santiago of Getty Images, who many in Pittsburgh may know for his photography work, and then pivoted to chat with subscribers during this edition of Pittsburgh Postgame.
The discussion included what losing Devin Bush could mean for the defense, Chase Claypool joining NFL history, JuJu Smith-Schuster not able to be involved in the offensive fun again and even James Conner answering his critics, which have certainly included Mike Asti himself.