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Data as of September 22, 2021.
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Roethlisberger (pectoral) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: The Steelers expect Roethlisberger to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, but he'll likely be dealing with pain/discomfort in his left pectoral. It's unclear if that will impact his arm strength or accuracy, and the Steelers likely will limit his workload even if he returns to practice Thursday/Friday. Top wideout Diontae Johnson (knee) also missed the first practice for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
September 22, 2021 1:20 PM EST
Johnson (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Injured on the final play of last week's game, Johnson is "looking better, not to be confused with great,"... in the words of coach Mike Tomlin (per Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com). The wideout thus appears shaky for Sunday's game against the Bengals, with Thursday and Friday representing his two chances to return to the practice field. James Washington should step up as the No. 3 receiver if Johnson is ruled out this week, with the Steelers potentially using more multi-TE looks as well.
September 22, 2021 1:17 PM EST
The Steelers expect Roethlisberger (pectoral) to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: While he's expected to play through the injury to his left pectoral, Roethlisberger likely will be limited in practice to start the week. Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) also figures to be on the injury report, with his status for Week 3 in serious question.
September 22, 2021 11:52 AM EST
Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, and he'll now need two negative tests 24 hours apart to be eligible for Sunday's game at Los Angeles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Greg Auman of The Athletic suggests Brown is likely to miss Sunday's highly anticipated matchup between the Buccaneers and Rams. It's not official yet, but the mid-week timing does present a challenge, as Brown was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list with about 100 hours to go before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. If Brown can't play, Scotty Miller likely will fill in as the No. 3 receiver, with WR Tyler Johnson and TEs O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate also candidates to pick up some extra snaps off the bench. Brown caught five of seven targets for 121 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening win over Dallas, but in Week 2 he managed just one reception for 17 yards on three targets (and 44 percent snap share) against the Falcons.
September 22, 2021 9:09 AM EST
Steelers head coach said Tuesday that Johnson's knee injury is "looking better, not to be confused with great," Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Though Johnson appears to have averted a major injury in Sunday's loss to the Raiders, his availability for this weekend's game against the Bengals remains very much up in the air. Before assessing Johnson's status for Week 3, the Steelers will see what kind of activity quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's top target is able to do in practices Wednesday through Friday. If Johnson is forced out of action against Cincinnati, James Washington would likely be the top candidate to claim for reps alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool in three-receiver formations.
September 21, 2021 9:28 AM EST