Johnson suffered a stinger early on in the preseason and hadn't returned since. He had an MRI done on his shoulder, which he claims came back clean, but the doctors didn't know when he would get strength back in his arm, so the
Johnson (neck) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.
Also absent is Matt LaCosse (knee), who has been battling Johnson, among others, for the No. 3 tight end role. Jerell Adams and Ryan Malleck figure to handle most of the second-team work in Saturday's game.
Johnson suffered a stinger during Friday's preseason victory versus the Dolphins, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Inked in the offseason, Johnson was listed among the tight ends on the Giants' first unofficial depth chart of the preseason. While he'll miss a few days of practice, his ability to line up in the backfield should help him earn consistent snaps on a week-to-week basis.
The New York Giants and Will Johnson agreed to a two-year contract Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
An undrafted free agent in 2011, Johnson was active for all but one game with the Steelers since making his NFL debut in 2012. However, his usage was scaled back last season due to the presence of Roosevelt Nix, who logged more snaps on both offense (14 versus eight percent) and special teams (55 versus 49 percent). Upon joining the Giants, Johnson's ability to line up at fullback, running back, and tight end should help in the competition with fellow FB Nikita Whitlock.
Will Johnson was inactive Sunday for Pittsburgh's game against Denver.
The unrestricted free agent, continued to excel in his role as lead blocker this season, with the Pittsburgh Steelers ' rushing game finishing eighth in the league with a 4.4 average per carry. Johnson extended his consecutive regular season games played streak to 47, the third longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL fullbacks, but had just four carries for seven yards, and caught two of four targets for another 16 yards. As important as he is to Pittsburgh, Johnson has no fantasy relevance whatsoever.
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