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Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson reported to miss “a few weeks”

The Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with a number of injuries following their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. With a previous report of Cam Heyward will likely miss several weeks due to his groin injury and could land on the Reserve/Injured List (IR), a report today from ESPN’s Adam Schefter states that wide receiver Diontae Johnson is likely to miss a few weeks.

On Sunday, Johnson had 48 receiving yards on three receptions from six targets. But it was on the Steelers first offense of play of the second half, one where Johnson went for 26 yards, where he injured his hamstring and was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The absence of Johnson is likely to be felt across the Steelers offense. Even with Allen Robinson stepping up to carry some of the load as he had five receptions for 64 yards on Sunday, the ability of Johnson to create separation is something he brings at a whole different level when it comes to the Steelers receivers. Additionally, despite only playing one half, Johnson was the highest graded Steelers offensive player according to PFF in Week 1.

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers will evaluate Johnson later in the week to see how things are progressing.

As is often the case in the NFL, injuries are just one of the many obstacles teams face throughout the season. But after having such a definitive loss on the field in Week 1 and the loss of key personnel, the Steelers have to find a way to overcome these obstacles in time for their upcoming Monday night matchup against the Browns.


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