Diontae Johnson won’t be back on the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers anytime soon.
The Steelers officially placed the wide receiver on injured reserve with a hamstring injury on Monday before their Week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns. That means Johnson will miss at least the next four games. At best, he can return for the game against the Los Angeles Rams on October 22nd.
Johnson went down in the Steelers’ season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week. Johnson made a 26-yard grab on the first drive of the second half at Acrisure Stadium, but fell awkwardly while making the tackle. Almost immediately, Johnson grabbed his right leg in pain. He was eventually helped off the field and quickly eliminated for the rest of the game.
Johnson had 48 yards on three catches when he went down.
Johnson had a team-high 882 receiving yards last season in Pittsburgh, despite failing to score a touchdown for the first time in his career. The 27-year-old threw for a career-high 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2021 season. He is in the first year of a two-year, $36 million extension with the team that first selected him in the third round of the 2019 draft.
The Steelers host the Browns on Monday night. Cleveland rolled over the Cincinnati Bengals in their season opener last week.
Running back Anthony McFarland was also placed on injured reserve Monday afternoon with a knee injury. He had two catches for 11 yards against the 49ers. The 24-year-old is in his fourth season with the Steelers.