Steelers Rookie Wesley Johnson Could See Second-Team Time At Center Against Eagles

During the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night preseason win over the Buffalo Bills, backup center Cody Wallace suffered a fractured finger that needed to be surgically repaired and as a result he will sit out the Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With Wallace already being ruled it for the third preseason game, Steelers fifth-round draft pick Wesley Johnson can probably expect to be the one to take over at center for starter Maurkice Pouncey in the second half.

Johnson has played exclusively at center so far during the preseason to the tune of 35 snaps.

The Steelers could possibly get backup offensive lineman Chris Elkins some playing time at center as well against the Eagles. Elkins, who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent, started his final 38 games at right guard and center while at Youngstown State.

As for Wallace, who the Steelers signed to a three-year contract during the offseason, it will be interesting to see if he’s also held out of the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers as well in order to make sure that he’s fully recovered for the regular season opener at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns.

  • steeltown

    We should get a good long look at Wes this week. Time to show what you got!

  • Jason White

    Its never good to see someone hurt but if there is anything positive you can take from it, a young guy getting a chance to show what he can do would be it.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I agree. I’m still not sure why they haven’t had him play at other positions. If he played all five positions in college, why can’t he play right guard or tackle, too? I know he was playing left tackle his senior year at Vanderbilt. Maybe they think that would overwhelm him, but he seems like a pretty smart guy. I would think that would make him more valuable to the team, unless they’ve already made their decision on him.

  • Steelers12328882

    I think it’s awesome he’s been getting time at C, but I thought he was going to play G? Also, I thought he’d help out just a bit at T too. Really, it’s just the fact it’s a bit frightening having just Adams and Whimper as T backups again more than what Wesley’s doing.

  • Matt Manzo

    Anyone know where Ember-Nasty is these days?