Steelers Activate TE David Johnson From PUP List Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers got a tight end back on Wednesday as it was announced that David Johnson has been activated from the PUP list.

Johnson, who tore his ACL last year during the preseason, needed a cleanup procedure done prior to training camp and he has been sidelined since.

The timing couldn\’t be any better with David Johnson as he will hopefully be able to play a little fullback against the Kansas City Chiefs in an effort to give Will Johnson a few extra plays off. Will Johnson suffered a minor rib injury Monday night against the Washington Redskins, but has since said that he expects to play.

Now that David Johnson has been removed from the PUP list, only tight end Heath Miller and linebacker Sean Spence remain on it.

  • steeltown

    I still think McCoy could be a valid option as backup TE/FB but I guess we’ll see how well D.Johnson plays over the next couple weeks

    It is good timing though.. it will make roster cuts a little easier with D.Johnson back in the fold, will most likely mean the end for Overbay and Tuitupou after this weekend


    I like me some DJ, he was being slated as an important part of our offense before he went down in pre-season last year – I’m hoping he can see a little pre-season action and prove he is ready to roll – he’s a good player.

  • NW86

    Good news. I was expecting him to come off PUP any day now. It will be interesting to see if they actually let him play on Saturday though, with only a couple days of practice in by then. For his sake, I hope he does play because he probably needs to in order to help his chances of making the roster.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Johnson & Johnson to the rescue! Will should be fine for the start of the season and David was a beast blocking 2 years ago before he blew out his knee. I’m praying that he is okay now as this might work out well especially for the running game until Heath is ready.
    For those throwing in the towel, please remember that if the running game could greatly improve, everything else becomes easier for Ben and the offense.

  • steeltown

    Yea but we then discovered Will Johnson who is a much better athlete, however IMO D.Johnson will help when it comes to blocking in the run game.. this is truly good timing

  • cencalsteeler

    DJ is a great player, he just was overshadowed by Will’s athleticism to play both fb and te. Now that he’s back, if his main focus is at the te position, I can see him eventually behind Miller or Spaeth on the depth chart if he plays his cards right.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Where would that leave Paulson? Palmer? I like what i’ve seen with M. Palmer on Mon. night. I hope he continues to make a case for himself against the Chiefs.

  • steeltown

    IMO when Miller and Spaeth are both healthy whenever that may be, DJs job would then be in question, Paulson is a far better pass catcher.
    I think what they would prefer the TE depth chart to look like is Miller, Spaeth and Paulson

  • cencalsteeler

    This will be an interesting battle to watch. DJ’s strength is in the run blocking, while Paulson’s strength is in the receiving category. The next few weeks will probably determine their fate.

  • cencalsteeler

    If the oline doesn’t rebound, DJ’s running blocking strength might supersede Paulsons pass catching strength. It will interesting to see how it plays out.

  • Shea Fahr

    I see where you are going but there is NO way they let go of Paulson.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’ve never put a whole lot of faith in David Johnson…but I’ll just say this: this news you just reported definitely made me feel a little better about things. If he can just be David Johnson, then it may be enough to stabilize the TE position until our beast gets back to put our TE position back as “weapon” instead of “odd-guy-on-the-OL”.