Johnson took a hard hit while running a reverse that helped set up a Steelers score. He left the game and went to the locker room for evaluation, with the team first ruling him as questionable to return before downgrading him to out at the half. Johnson did not return to the Steelers’ sideline in the second half.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not offer a further update on Johnson or fellow injured players Derek Watt after the game, but Johnson took to social media to both update his condition and express his happiness over the team’s victory.
“I’m fine,” Johnson wrote. “Great team win though.”
I’m fine! Great team win though 🙏🏾
— Diontae Johnson (@Juiceup__3) September 27, 2020
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger credited the rest of the Steelers’ receiving corps for stepping up in Johnson’s absence.
Reports: Steelers LB Devin Bush Suffered Torn ACL, Needs Season-Ending Surgery
PITTSBURGH — The initial diagnosis of the injury to Steelers linebacker Devin Bush is a torn ACL, and he will require season-ending surgery, according to a report by Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports and Adam Schefter of ESPN.
LaCanfora said that Bell will have to undergo an MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis. Schefter said that Bell did suffer a torn ACL and will require surgery that will cause him to miss the rest of the season.
Steelers’ LB Devin Bush tore his ACL today and will require season-ending surgery, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 18, 2020
Bush, who was injured in the second quarter of the Steelers’ 38-7 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, left the game after he suffered a non-contact injury while attempting to break up a pass.
Bush remained down in obvious pain on the far sideline after the play, with Steelers players near him taking a knee on the field. He was able to leave the field with assistance before going to the medical tent on the Pittsburgh sideline. He then walked down the tunnel to the Steelers’ locker room under his own power.
He was initially ruled questionable to return before being downgraded to out. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called the injury “significant” in his postgame press conference and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger offered “thoughts and prayers” for the injured budding star, who had just played in his 21st NFL game.
Bush was replaced by second-year backup Robert Spillane.
Steelers Injury Updates: LB Devin Bush Has ‘Significant’ Knee Injury
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ dominant victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday came with a price.
Second-year Steelers linebacker Devin Bush left the game with a knee injury just before the half, and it appeared to be possibly serious, with Bush in obvious pain and several of his nearby teammates taking a knee.
He was first listed as questionable to return before being downgraded to out. After the game, head coach Mike Tomlin called the injury “significant.”
Starting center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a foot injury and was able to stay in for a while before leaving the game late.
Nickel cornerback Mike Hilton left the game in the second half with a shoulder injury and did not return.
Tomlin said all three players are still being evaluated.
The Steelers played the game without injured guard David DeCastro and wide receiver Diontae Johnson.
Devin Bush Leaves Steelers Game with Knee Injury, Will Not Return
PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker Devin Bush left his team’s game against the Cleveland Browns in the first half on Sunday after suffering a non-contact, lower-body injury. The Steelers characterized it as a knee injury and first said he was questionable to return before later downgrading him to out for the remainder of the game.
Bush was chasing down Browns running back D’Ernest Johnson in the right flat as the Browns were driving late in the second quarter.
He stumbled while diving toward Johnson as the pass arrived, and was in visible pain while he stayed down on the sideline.
Bush got to his feet. was helped off the field with assistance and was taken first to the medical tent on the Pittsburgh sideline for further examination. He then walked under his own power to the Steelers’ locker room.
He was replaced on the Steelers’ defense by Robert Spillane, who assumed Bush’s play-calling responsibility as the Steelers defender wearing the helmet with radio communication to the sideline. Fellow backup Ulysees Gilbert III did not dress for the game, making hybrid safety Marcus Allen the only other inside linebacker option.