The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost fullback David Johnson for the season after he tore up his knee Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and now Jim Wexell is reporting via Twitter that running back John Clay, who was taken from the practice field injured on a cart on Sunday, has told him that he fears that he may have torn his quad.
John Clay worried his quad is torn, which would send him to IR. Waiting for results.
— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) August 14, 2012
Wexell reports that Clay is still waiting on test results, but if it indeed winds up being torn, Clay most likely would be lost for the season and placed on injured reserve.
Due to the injuries to both Johnson and Clay, the Steelers are very thin at both the running back and fullback position as Isaac Redman is nursing a sore groin and Jonathan Dwyer a sprained shoulder. The Steelers were forced to work with just second year running back Baron Batch and rookie Chris Rainey on Sunday after Clay left injured.
The Steelers waived Johnson injured on Monday and signed veteran tight end/fullback Justin Peelle to the 90 man roster to take his place. With Clay now down, you can likely expect to see another roster move made prior to the game Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
Peelle figures to push veteran Leonard Pope and second year man Jamie McCoy for the rest of training camp. With Johnson now out for the year, the fullback duties have landed squarely on the shoulder of Will Johnson, a former undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, who did not play in the league last season.