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Will Johnson injured in second quarter of Steelers game against Redskins

A poor decision on a throw from quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to fullback Will Johnson leads to what appeared to be an injury to his left side.

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Steelers back-up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski flicked a quick pass to fullback Will Johnson that led to a savage hit. The result of Johnson laying on the turf, a penalty for unnecessary roughness and Johnson eventually being taken off the field.

It was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit, but cameras showed Johnson on the sideline in pain while trainers looked at his side.

Considering the traffic around him, it seemed throwing it to Johnson would result in such a collision. While Gradkowski completed two throws to Emmanuel Sanders down the field, Sanders had to stretch for both of them.

He also hit an official on a first down throw that would have resulted in a first down to Jerricho Cotchery.

The Redskins were leading 14-3 at the time of the injury.

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