LB Steven Johnson Says Hamstring Injury Won’t Prevent Him From Practicing

Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Steven Johnson was one of three players listed as being injured in Sunday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons by head coach Mike Tomlin during his post-game press conference and initial reports indicate that he won’t miss any practice time moving forward.

Johnson, who played sparingly on Sunday, left the game with a hamstring injury. On Monday, the veteran linebacker said he only tweaked his hamstring and that he intends on practicing Wednesday, according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Johnson, who re-signed with the Steelers in February, is potentially battling fellow inside linebacker L.J. Fort for a roster spot this year and especially if the team decides to keep just four at that position.

Last season, Johnson failed to make the Steelers initial 53-man roster due to other injured players needing to be kept for them to qualify to be designated to return players later in the season. He was quickly re-signed ahead of the team’s Week 1 game, however, but wound up being inactive for the first three contest.

Once Johnson started getting a helmet on game-days last season, he was primarily used as a core special teams player. His 2016 season ultimately came to an end due to a broken ankle suffered in Week 10.

  • Boots

    That is good news.

  • ergomesh

    Been meaning to post this for a while what does everyone think about trading one of our wide receivers for Reggie Ragland? Would solidify the ILB depth and be a long term upgrade at the position?

  • steeltown

    Im still thinking/hoping this guy makes roster. The injury history with Shazier cant be denied, i’d keep Fort & Johnson who are both core ST guys, in addition to either Keith Kelsey or Galambos on the squad team

  • RickM

    Boy I’d be surprised if he can practice that quickly, even off a tweak. But here’s hoping as I’d like him to have a fair chance.

  • Rocksolid20

    Which WR do you have in mind ?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Johnson has looked good at ILB so far. I don’t see how the Steelers don’t keep an extra ILB due to Shaz’s injury history.

  • ergomesh

    coates? round 3 need for them that they dont’ want and a a round 2 need for us that could definitely help when and I say when not if shazier goes down with injury.