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Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Date of Birth:  07/05/1996
Age:  26
Height  5'10"
Weight:   183
College:  Toledo
Drafted:  2019 | Round 3 | Pick 66
Depth Chart:  Starter

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR


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Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Johnson was cleared very quickly from the COVID list, which is good to hear. Ben Roethlisberger will have his top target for what might be his final NFL game.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

The Steelers placed Diontae Johnson on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Johnson is now in jeopardy of missing this Sunday's game at Baltimore. Hopefully the dynamic receiver is feeling OK and can get cleared soon for what will be Ben Roethlisberger's final regular season game.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (knee) is off the Week 4 injury report.

Johnson was back up to a full practice participant yesterday, and he’s officially ready to return to the lineup after missing one game with a knee injury. The Steelers need to do something to get back on track, and that might be heavy targets for Johnson on Sunday versus the Packers.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3.

Johnson’s knee injury is a little more serious than we hoped, but it’s arguably a good sign that the Steelers aren’t placing the dynamic receiver on injured reserve yet. James Washington will step up for more snaps with Johnson out.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson's knee injury could force him to miss action.

Johnson was injured at the very end of the Steelers' Week 2 loss to the Raiders, and head coach Mike Tomlin says the knee injury is "looking better, not to be confused with great." So it sounds like there is some concern with the dynamic receiver's status moving forward. The hope is that Johnson will not miss any time, but we'll see.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson has returned for the Steelers.

Johnson is a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger’s, so it’s good to see him back on the field after not missing much time. Pittsburgh is down two touchdowns to Cincinnati in the fourth quarter.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson leaves game with apparent foot injury.

This was a non-contact situation, and Johnson has dealt with foot issues in the past, so that’s what it looks like with no noticeable tweak of an ankle or knee. Johnson has a touchdown tonight, and hopefully he’s able to get back on the field soon.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (back) officially practiced fully today.

We'll let you know if anything changes, but it looks like Johnson will be back in the lineup after missing last week with his back issue that essentially forced him to miss the past two games. It'll be interesting to see how the playing time among Pittsburgh receivers is split with rookie Chase Claypool's emergence.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (back) has been ruled out for Sunday.

This isn't a surprise after Johnson basically missed all of Week 5 after leaving early with the back issue. Consider the second-year receiver week-to-week for now.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (back) has been ruled out for the rest of today.

Johnson has basically been out all game, and the Steelers have now ruled him out in the fourth quarter. Johnson did not have any catches before leaving, and hopefully this isn't a long-term injury.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (back) questionable.

Johnson was shaken up on a punt return a bit ago, and Pittsburgh is now officially calling him questionable to return. The Steelers are fortunate to be very deep at receiver.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson has cleared concussion protocol.

Johnson is good to go for this Sunday against the Eagles as the Steelers come off their early bye week. You can insert the second-year receiver as a FLEX option into Week 5 lineups.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for the rest of today's game.

Johnson has been ruled out as the Steelers begin the second half. Before leaving, Johnson had just one carry for nine yards and no receptions. Johnson will now have to clear concussion protocol before he gets back on the field, and we hope he's feeling better soon.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

Johnson is officially questionable to return for the Steelers. We'll update you with the second-year receiver's status after he gets checked out.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (core muscle injury) hopes to be cleared soon.

Johnson, who underwent sports hernia surgery earlier this offseason, told reporters that he injured his groin in the second game of the year last season and played through the injury, and that he hopes to get fully cleared "in the next couple of days." The 2019 third-round pick is coming off a promising rookie campaign in which he caught 59 passes for 680 yards and five touchdowns, and he's already being tapped as a big breakout candidate in 2020. Expect Johnson to be ready to go for the start of training camp this summer.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson had sports hernia surgery.

This surgery could potentially put offseason training in jeopardy for Johnson, but he should be 100% ready to go for the start of training camp at the latest. The second-year receiver had a promising first year in the NFL and will look to take a step forward with Ben Roethlisberger under center in 2020.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson will play in Week 12.

Johnson has cleared concussion protocol and is off the final injury report. With JuJu Smith-Schuster ruled out, the rookie receiver could see an increase in targets along with James Washington. Johnson had 77 yards and a touchdown versus the Bengals earlier this season.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (concussion) practiced fully today.

Johnson is on track to play this Sunday against the Bengals after suffering a concussion last Thursday night. We'll let you know if/how the rookie receiver is listed on the final Week 12 injury report when it's released Friday, but he should be good to go this weekend.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson leaves game after hit to the head.

Johnson took a direct helmet-to-helmet hit from Browns safety Damarious Randall while going for a deep ball. Randall was ejected for the hit, and Johnson appeared to be bleeding from the side of the head or ear area on his way off the field. Unfortunately, it's safe to say Johnson will not be returning to tonight's game, and hopefully the rookie receiver is feeling better soon. Before leaving, Johnson caught two passes for 17 yards. The Steelers are now down James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Johnson in tonight's game.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson says he's been told he's a starting receiver.

Johnson told reporters after practice that the coaches "just put me in there and told me I'm the starter from here on out." The rookie receiver was getting noticeable playing time in last week's loss to the Seahawks, and it appears veteran Donte Moncrief has been pushed out of the starting lineup. It's very surprising that Pittsburgh hasn't given James Washington this treatment, especially with Washington's college quarterback Mason Rudolph now starting for Ben Roethlisberger, but Johnson is the one that appears poised for an increase in role. Johnson has four receptions for 42 yards through two games.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

The Steelers have selected Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson with the No. 66 pick (third round) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This feels like a Steelers pick, as Johnson is a versatile receiver that can play inside and outside and has ability on returns, which the team likes. Size (five-foot-ten, 183 pounds) is the concern with Johnson, but Ben Roethlisberger doesn't much trouble targeting smaller receivers. Johnson might be an immediate starter for Pittsburgh, in which case he could deliver some fantasy value as a rookie; though for now he's more of a dynasty-league option to stash.