Steelers Injury Report: TE David Johnson returns to practice

Jared Wickerham

While the tight end situation in Pittsburgh remains cloudy with Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth still uncertain over return dates, one TE previously unable to perform returns to practice halfway through the preseason.

While the Pittsburgh Steelers patiently await a second opinion on the wounded foot of rookie running back Le'Veon Bell, they did receive some good news in another injury riddled position. Tight end David Johnson has returned to the fold.

The Steelers are still waiting for the return of Heath Miller, and now also find themselves waiting for the recovery of Matt Spaeth. Johnson's return to practice will bolster a once strong position which has suddenly become a weakness. Miller and inside linebacker Sean Spence are the last two players on the PUP list.

David Paulson has been unimpressive as a blocker, although he has excelled as a receiver in practice and preseason games. Jamie McCoy has flashed at moments and looks to be the backup to fullback Will Johnson as well. Behind them, the team has been relying on Nathan Overbay, Peter Tuitupou and veteran Michael Palmer.

If Johnson has been able to remain strong and in shape during his stay on the PUP list, he could immediately push for final roster consideration.

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