Report: Steelers FB Will Johnson Back Practicing Again


Even though linebacker Jason Worilds failed to practice again on Tuesday, there was a little bit of good news on the injury front for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, fullback Will Johnson (ankle) was back practicing again on Tuesday after missing time last week due to an ankle sprain. That’s great news considering that he’s the only “true” fullback currently on the 90 man roster. With that being said, you have to wonder if the Steelers will sign another fullback body prior to training camp to lighten the load a little on Johnson.

Tight end Michael Palmer (undisclosed) did some running on the side Tuesday, according to Brown. The nature of Palmer’s injury has yet to be reported, but it doesn’t sound serious.

Not surprisingly, second-year defensive end Nick Williams (knee) remains sidelined. It looks like the earliest that we will see him on the field is during training camp. His surgery was pretty significant, so he might be a candidate to start off camp on the Active PUP list. We’ll see.

Cornerback Ike Taylor did not attend practice Tuesday and Troy Polamalu also remains absent.

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  • steeltown

    Scott Brown reported that Wheaton (along with Archer and Bryant) was fielding punts today

  • Big White

    Hard to see Johnson making a 53 man roster again this year, particularly with the addition of Blount.

  • Steve

    Johnson will only be on the field in short yardage situations and goal line plays. No need for a second full back unless Johnson don’t make 53.

  • SteelersDepot

    you misunderstood. talking about for camp only. not the 53.

  • PA2AK

    Would like to see them stop using their #2 WR in this position. Maybe try Archer, Bryant, J Brown instead.

  • PA2AK

    Whaaaaaat?

  • Steve

    Can see them bringing in another Full Back as a camp body if Johnson is hurt again.

  • falconsaftey43

    Why? give the most talented guy the ball. I have no problem with AB returning punts. Can anyone honestly remember the last time one of our punt returners was injured?

  • Big White

    Totally see the steelers looking for another David Johnson. H-back type who can play two tight end sets. Blount allows them a red zone threat without the need of a fullback.

  • Ryan

    Johnson is a superior blocker and better at catching passes out of the backfield. Plenty of room for a FB and the 3 RB’s.

  • Big White

    Eight catches for 41 yards in 15 games. To me Ryan, not worthy or a roster spot. I’d rather have depth at another position and there are plenty of positions where we are thin.

  • Ryan

    Theres no substitution for superior blocking. Blount is not a great blocker and you cant have Bell out there all the time. Theres been numerous times Johnson opened holes and picked up blitzers on top of his pass catching. If we wanted a David Johnson type wed have kept David Johnson. We have 4 or 5 TEs already and 3 of them are gonna be on the 53 man roster Heath, Spaeth and either Paulson or the 7th rounder we drafted (forgot his name when I went to type it)

  • walter mason

    Johnson is pretty much a lock at FB. Even with the addition of Blount and Archer we have only 3 RBs. Hes a lock if there ever was one.

  • walter mason

    You want to cut Johnson and carry 3 RBs, one of them Archer????

  • walter mason

    I hav no problem with Wheaton returning punts if hes good at it

  • PA2AK

    To me it doesn’t make any sense. Guess I’m in the minority. I’d rather have Wheaton focusing on production on offense. Putting AB back there seems pretty ridiculous. Guess that’s just my line of thinking.

  • PA2AK

    They run one play to Johnson and he gets what he can every time. His lack of production in the passing game certainly seems to come from a lack of designed targets, his position in general, or a focus on using him for what they pay him for…the whole blocking thing. If you can’t see his effectiveness then there’s no real point in the discussion.

  • falconsaftey43

    I can’t say for sure, but it doesn’t seem like a duty that requires a lot of studying and prep work, more of a natural ability to return. I don’t think having punt return duties will really affect Wheaton’s or other guys ability to focus on playing WR. The reason usually sited for not having a starter back there is injury concerns, but I don’t know if that’s a real or imagined risk. I always want my best players on the field and AB is clearly the best PR. Hopefully Archer can prove to be just as good, making my whole problem go away.

  • Rufus Benard

    Yes, David Johnson last year middle of the season.

  • Rufus Benard

    People are Stupid. Dri Archer was a third round pick., which I believe we could have got him the sixth or maybe the seventh round because of his size. But H My Point is he was drafted to return kicks specifically.

  • Rufus Benard

    I predict J Brown has a break out year and ends up with the ones

  • Johnny Loose

    Will Johnson is the FB you’ll just have to get used to it. There are plenty of guys capable of making plays on this offense so his 8 catches are no concern. Besides, his primary function as a FB is to be a lead blocker. The fact that he can tote the rock/catch passes out of the backfield is a nice wrinkle to have on offense. Plus, he is deceptively quick. What’s not to like?

  • Johnny Loose

    I’d like to see Archer win that job. Would really add to his value.

  • steeltown

    Ideally yes, it would be nice to not have to use A.Brown or Wheaton for punt return duties.

  • steeltown

    I see him making the club again. He can play 4positions (Fullback, TE, RB and WR) the versatility allows you to carry less guys at those other positions and this year especially, we need that

  • Big White

    Defensive Line, Cornerback, Offensive Line, Quarterback

  • Big White

    Nothing says hurry up offense like a fullback.

  • steeltown

    8 catches on 11 targets, not really a good sample size but is a hellava good reception %

    He is not a WR or RB technically, but as a fullback he by default is getting some snaps at RB (carrying the ball) and its clear he’s a capable receiver, especially out of the backfield where it has been reported that the LBs cant keep up with him, not to mention he has a receiving TD each of his first two yrs

  • PA2AK

    Ha…he didn’t say you will see him lined up there…just that he has had experience there. Still, more likely he will be running go routes than not make the roster.

  • falconsaftey43

    DJ got hurt in the Jets game week 6 last year. Pretty sure he has never returned a punt. Did you mean someone else?

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