The Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field with a victory for the third time in their three chances of the 2020 NFL season. While the victory was sweet, there were a couple players for the Steelers who left the game early and did not return. Both Diontae Johnson and Derek Watt exited in the first half and we’re ruled out not long after halftime.
In his post game press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned both players but had no further update immediately following the game. According to Tomlin, no other players had significant injuries other than typical game bumps and bruises.
Coach Tomlin on injuries:— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) September 27, 2020
Derek Watt (Hamstring)
Diontae Johnson (concussion)
The rest are just bumps and bruises.
Exiting with a concussion, Diontae Johnson will have to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol this week in order to be ready to go in Week 4 as the Steelers travel to Tennessee to face the 3-0 Titans. But according to Johnson, he says he is fine and ready to go.
I’m fine! Great team win though— Diontae Johnson (@Juiceup__3) September 27, 2020
Not having any receptions on two targets, Johnson was injured when he had a 9 yard rush on an end around. After receiving a block from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Johnson was tackled from behind which caused him to fall forward into another defender.
As for fullback Derek Watt, exactly when his injury occurred is unclear. Watt has not missed an NFL game in his career which seems to be a large positive when the Steelers signed him this past offseason. His progression throughout the week will ultimately determine if the middle Watt brother is able to go next Sunday.
For a full recap of Mike Tomlin’s post-game press conference, check out the podcast below: