Johnson (ankle) recorded nine receptions on 15 targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 against the Titans.
Johnson returned after a Week 6 absence with a back injury and showed no rust early on. He tallied two of the first three Steelers' touchdowns on 11 and nine-yard receptions respectively. He was also Ben Roethlisberger's favorite wideout, as Johnson picked up a career-best 15 targets. Despite the excellent performance, Johnson was forced to exit the game in the midst of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reported that the injury would not jeopardize Johnson's status for Week 8, though it will be worth noting his practice participation leading up to the Steelers' contest against the Ravens.
Johnson (back) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.
Johnson's back injury caused him to miss Sunday's win over the Browns, but he now appears fully on track to return for the Steelers' Week 7 contest against the undefeated Titans. Assuming Johnson is good to go this weekend, he stands to handle his usual role in three-receiver sets alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Chase Claypool, while James Washington would seemingly become the odd man out.
Johnson (back) is expected to practice Wednesday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Johnson has been bit by the injury bug this season, but due to an unexpected Week 4 bye, he only missed this past Sunday's win against the Browns. His current concern is a back issue, which he picked up Week 5 and only allowed for one limited practice session last week. He'll look to elevate to full in advance of this Sunday's matchup at Tennessee.
Johnson (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Johnson took a hit to his back during Pittsburgh's Week 5 win against the Eagles, finishing his day with one catch for minus-two yards. During the week, he followed a DNP/LP/DNP practice regimen before the Steelers' ultimately made the call on his availability Sunday. With Johnson out of the lineup, the offense will lean on JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud at wide receiver.
Johnson (back) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Johnson sat out Wednesday's session, with his limited participation Thursday a good sign with regard to his Week 6 availability. Look for Friday's final injury report to clarify whether Johnson approaches Sunday's game against the Browns listed as questionable or free from an injury designation.
Johnson (back) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Per coach Mike Tomlin, Johnson took a direct blow to his back during Sunday's 38-29 win against the Eagles. That said, the Steelers have optimism that the wideout -- who's been getting routine days off at practice this season -- will be fit to play this weekend against the Browns. A return to the practice field in any capacity Thursday would support that notion.
Coach Mike Tomlin told Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com that Johnson took a hit to the back during Sunday's 38-29 win against the Eagles, but he believes the wide receiver will be able to play Week 6 versus the Browns.
Johnson left Sunday's game in the first half and didn't return, finishing with one catch for minus-two yards. His second season as a pro has been injury-riddled, as he's tended to foot and toe issues as well as a concussion. He benefitted from the Steelers' unexpected bye Week 4 when their opponent, the Titans, were hammered by positive COVID-19 tests, but with no scheduled respite the rest of the way, Johnson's status will need to be watched in advance of a Week 6 AFC North bout with the Browns.
Johnson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Eagles with a back issue, Burt Lauten of the Steelers' official site reports.
Prior to his exit, Johnson's lone reception resulted in a two-yard loss. In the meantime, Chase Claypool, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud are next up for targets alongside Pittsburgh's top wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Johnson (toe) practiced fully Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
The same applies to fellow starting wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), who missed practice Wednesday along with Johnson. At this point, managing the duo's practice reps could become routine for the Steelers, but Johnson will be out there Sunday against the Eagles. The 2019 third-rounder heads into the contest with a 14/149/1 stat line through three games.
Johnson didn't practice Wednesday due to a toe injury, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Johnson has progressed out of the NFL's concussion protocol, but he continues to manage a toe issue that Pryor suggests is minor and one that hasn't kept the wideout out of any games. The wideout's status will be updated again Thursday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he advances to full activity. The team's scheduled Week 4 contest versus the Titans was postponed, so Johnson wasn't forced to miss any time due to the head injury.
Coach Mike Tomlin announced Johnson is out of the concussion protocol, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
The 2019 third-round pick opened the season with back-to-back fruitful outings, combining for 14 catches (on 23 targets) for 149 yards and one touchdown. He then suffered a concussion Week 3 against the Texans and was blanked in the box score, before having an unexpected bye week due to COVID-19 complications with the Steelers' original Week 4 opponent, the Titans. Tomlin told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Johnson will be a full practice participant Wednesday, which will set him up to return Sunday against the Eagles.
Johnson (concussion) donned a helmet for Thursday's practice and took part in individual drills with the Steelers' other healthy receivers, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Even though the NFL announced earlier Thursday that Pittsburgh's Week 4 matchup with the Titans would be postponed to a later date due to a COVID-19 outbreak among Tennessee players and staff, the Steelers are still holding practices during what's essentially an unexpected bye week. The postponement will provide Johnson with more time to recover from the concussion he sustained in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Texans, but the wideout already looks close to clearing the NFL's protocol for head injuries, if he hasn't already. The Steelers may not reveal where Johnson stands in his recovery from the concussion until the team releases its first Week 5 injury report next Wednesday.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Johnson is still in the league's concussion protocol, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Johnson suffered a concussion during Week 3's win over the Texans after playing just 19 snaps and failing to haul in either of his two targets. Tomlin said Johnson won't be able to clear the league's protocol until Friday at the earliest, so it's possible the second-year receiver will be able to play in Sunday's game versus the Titans. However, his practice capacity this week will be closely monitored. Chase Claypool and James Washington should both see an uptick in usage behind JuJu Smith-Schuster if Johnson sits out Sunday.
Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game versus the Texans, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.
It appears Johnson has been diagnosed with a concussion. For the remainder of the game, James Washington and Chase Claypool should see an uptick in targets behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. Johnson will look to clear the league's concussion protocol before Week 4's matchup versus the Titans.
Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion during Sunday's game against the Texans, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
While Johnson is unavailable, added wideout targets behind JuJu Smith-Schuster will be available for James Washington and Chase Claypool.
Johnson (toe) practiced fully Thursday.
As was the case last week, Johnson sat out practice Wednesday before returning to a full session Thursday. He was on the field for 83 percent of Pittsburgh's snaps on offense in Week 2's win over the Broncos, en route to recording eight catches on 13 targets for 92 yards and a TD. He'll remain busy this Sunday against the Texans, especially if fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is limited at all.
Johnson (toe) didn't practice Wednesday.
Fellow starting wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) also sat out practice. Both players ended up missing practice last Wednesday with the same injuries, but returned to full sessions Thursday and entered the Steelers' eventual Week 2 win over the Broncos minus designations. That pattern won't necessarily be repeated Week 3, but at this point, it would be surprising if Johnson's toe issue keeps him out of Sunday's game against the Texans.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Johnson continues to deal with a lingering toe injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Johnson has showed up on the Steelers' injury reports the past two weeks with toe or foot issues, but he hasn't been slowed down on game days. He's been Pittsburgh's top receiver during the team's 2-0 start to the season, logging double-digit targets in both contests and compiling 14 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers could look to limit Johnson's workload in practice again this week, but barring a setback, he'll likely enter Sunday's matchup with the Texans minus an injury designation.
Johnson caught eight of 13 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.
Johnson led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards while scoring his first touchdown of the season on a 28-yard strike in the fourth quarter. The second-year wideout has taken a big leap forward to start the new season and has drawn a whopping 23 targets from Ben Roethlisberger over two games. That type of attention from a capable passer carries plenty of fantasy value, and Johnson will look to build on this outstanding performance in a favorable matchup next Sunday against the Texans.
After sitting out practice Wednesday, Johnson (toe) practiced fully Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
The same applies to JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), which puts the wideouts -- who both logged 55 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Monday's win over the Giants -- on track to start and handle their usual roles Sunday against the Broncos. In Week 1, that resulted in Johnson catching six of his 10 targets for 57 yards.
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