News: 6 days agoThe Steelers placed Johnson (hamstring) on injured reserve Monday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
Spin: Johnson was already ruled out for Monday's matchup against the Browns, but he'll now be forced to miss at least four games due to a hamstring injury he suffered during the season opener. Given the Steelers' Week 6 bye, the earliest Johnson could suit up would be Week 7 versus the Rams. In Johnson's absence, Calvin Austin and Allen Robinson should see more snaps behind George Pickens.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Only one player in NFL history has gone a full season without a single TD despite catching at least 85 passes. That man is Johnson. The 2019 third-round pick finished no lower than 10th among WRs in snaps, routes and targets, while also handling 10 end zone targets (13th-most). Johnson continues to struggle with efficiency (his 6.50 YPT is dead last among 53 WRs with 200-plus targets over the last three seasons), but his volume has remained high and the TD deficiency was an outlier (he scored 20 TDs during his first three seasons). Especially with Kenny Pickett likely in for some Year 2 progression, Johnson is well positioned for a rebound campaign. The 26-year-old is a fringe WR2.