Steelers' Johnson likely to play in opener

September, 6, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- Fullback Will Johnson is probable for the Steelers' season opener Sunday despite being limited in practice this week by a hamstring injury. Johnson, who got hurt in the Steelers' final preseason game, is a solid lead blocker who also has some pass-catching skills.

If he is limited Sunday against the Titans or isn't able to play, tight end David Johnson could play fullback as he has experience at the position. The Steelers, however, are already thin at tight end with starter Heath Miller still working his way back from reconstructive knee surgery and Matt Spaeth on the short-term injured reserve list.

Miller is listed as doubtful for the 1 p.m. game, but it's hard to imagine any scenario in which he plays. The Steelers' 2012 MVP is only a week removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and has only been practicing on a limited basis.

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (chest) and defensive end Brett Keisel (non-injury related) are listed as probable.

Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) is the only Steelers player who has been ruled out for Sunday.

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter



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