Report: Steelers FB Will Johnson Forced To Sit Monday With Hamstring Injury

Following the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin only reported one player as being injured during the game. That one player, however, was a very important one as it was starting fullback Will Johnson, who had suffered a hamstring injury in the first half.

The Steelers were back on the practice field Monday to start preparing for their Sunday season opener against the Tennessee Titans and according to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Johnson did not practice. Johnson said he hopes to practice Wednesday, but until he does, he should be considered questionable for the game.

As I previously noted, the Steelers decision to keep a Michael Palmer as a fifth tight end on their initial 53 man roster might be a sign that the team doesn’t expect Will Johnson to be ready to play come Sunday. If that indeed winds up being the case, tight end David Johnson will have to play fullback, while Palmer assumes the second tight end role behind starter David Paulson being as both Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth aren’t ready to play just yet.

Tomlin will likely address Will Johnson’s status Tuesday during his first regular season press conference, but he isn’t likely to tip his hand as to whether or not the fullback might be ready to play come Sunday.

The Steelers first injury report for the week will be released on Wednesday, so we will know then whether or not Will Johnson was able to practice at least on a limited basis.

  • cencalsteeler

    Get better Will, we need you this year!

  • steeltown

    Hope Will gets back out there soon, but not too soon to re-aggravate

    I do see why 5TEs were kept, not just the Miller and Spaeth issue, but throw in the fact that D.Johnson is coming off major injury and now Will Johnson has a hamstring, add that together with the fact that Paulson is an avg blocker at best and you can see why a guy like Michael Palmer might come in handy

  • Shea Fahr

    Yeah, that and the fact that Will plays ST’s and so does Palmer.

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  • NW86

    This is good news if you ask me. I didn’t expect Will to practice or play this week, and considered the rest of September to be questionable. If he thinks he’s close to getting back on the practice field already, I consider that a good sign.

  • Ahmad

    The thing about hamstring injuries is that they tend to linger. Since it happened almost a week ago, I suggest WJ just take it easy this week and get ready for Week 2.

  • Michael Pearce

    I hope this is not a lingering injury as we are going to need Johnson a lot this year. If he’s not 100% I would’nt rush him back this week. This could very well be a close game because of all the important injuries but we are going to need Johnson for the long term.